Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Deep Space Gateway:  ASAP on board with NASA’s DSG as stepping stone to Mars  NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel has expressed support for the agency’s Deep Space Gateway,  a lunar orbiting, human tended space station planned for the 2020s.  The gateway would help to prepare astronauts… [Continue Reading]

Commercial Space Transportation

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Commercial Crew Progress:  Commercial Crew providers making “significant progress” toward first flights  NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners, Boeing and the CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX and the Crewed Dragon, are progressing toward unpiloted test flights in late 2017 and 2018. Updates on the Commercial Crew program development efforts… [Continue Reading]

Orion and Space Launch System

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Orion EM-1 Vehicle Progress:  Orion deep in processing for EM-1, planning for following missions  As Vice President Mike Pence visited the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), one of the welcoming party, the Orion crew module, is fast taking shape ahead of its Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) flight. With… [Continue Reading]

International Space Station

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) Tour ISS:  Tour the International Space Station with Google Street View  Google Street View has expanded its visual services from Earth to the International Space Station. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured Street View imagery to share what it looks like from the inside, and what it’s like to… [Continue Reading]

NASA Budget

Human Space Exploration Update (July 10-28, 2017) SAC Markup:  Proposed budget gives KSC a boost toward Mars  The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $19.5 billion in spending for NASA in 2018, a measure that includes $640 million in upgrades to launch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center involved in launches of the Space Launch System and… [Continue Reading]

Executive Branch

Human Space Exploration Update (June 26 – July 7, 2017) Visits NASA KSC:  Pence: ‘We will put American boots on the face of Mars’  Vice President Mike Pence’s pledge to put American boots on Mars as part of a new era of space exploration fired up workers during a visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. “Here from this bridge to space, our nation will… [Continue Reading]

Titusville Talking Points July 2017

The Titusville Talking Points is published quarterly by the City of Titusville to inform its residents of improvements taking place around town. It features a list of newly established businesses, current and forthcoming construction projects and city government news.  Highlights for this quarter include: Titusville Splash Park New Life for La Cita Golf Caring for… [Continue Reading]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Updates

Health Care Benefits:  5 health care developments that were born in space  Among the dividends from U.S. human space exploration are advances in health care, including robotic surgery and countermeasures for asthma and osteoporosis. Asteroid Mission:  NASA closing out Asteroid Redirect Mission  NASA is closing out the once planned Asteroid Redirect Mission in compliance with… [Continue Reading]

Commercial Space Transportation

Antares Resupply Missions:  Antares to resume Cygnus launches later this summer   Orbital ATK has announced it plans to resume use of the company’s Antares launch vehicle as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island, Va., launch complex for future re-supply missions to the International Space Station. Citizens for Space Exploration – a… [Continue Reading]

Orion and Space Launch System

Orion Launch Abort System Test:  Orbital ATK motor test proves successful  Orbital ATK led a successful ground test firing of the Launch Abort System under development for NASA’s Orion crew exploration spacecraft in the Utah desert. The abort system is designed to sit atop Orion during the launch phase and be capable of rapidly pulling… [Continue Reading]