The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration congratulates Brigadier General Wayne Monteith for his appointment by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to serve as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) next Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (AST).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A busy Monday starts the week for NASA. A new U.S., Canadian and Russian crew launched to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s Osiris Rex asteroid sample return mission arrives at its destination Bennu, following a more than two year journey from Earth.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA picks nine U.S. rocket companies as partners for future activities on the lunar surface. NASA anticipates another deep space milestone on Monday, as its first asteroid sample return mission spacecraft Osiris Rex reaches its target, Bennu. Retiring U.S. Air Force brigadier general Wayne Monteith will lead the Department of Transportation’s Office of Commercial Space Flight.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will announce U.S. companies selected to establish new lunar landing capabilities Thursday afternoon. Their commercial services will help established sustained human activities on the lunar surface.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland, urges appropriators to keep development of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) on track. Mars Insight Landers’ MarCo CubeSat pair, a NASA tech demo, are receiving acclaim for their deep space communications relay activities. After overcoming an October gyroscope issue, the Hubble Space Telescope is once again transmitting imagery. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland, urges appropriators to keep development of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) on track.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA, Lockheed Martin and an international team celebrated Monday as the Mars InSight lander touched down successfully on the Red Planet for a two years mission, sending back images and deploying vital solar panels.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… With Thanksgiving 2018 now in the rear-view mirror, there is lots of suspense at NASA’s Mars Insight lander attempt to touchdown on Mars on Monday afternoon. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has set January for its first uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and Roscosmos discuss cooperation in plans to assemble a human tended, lunar orbiting Gateway. NASA selects Jezero Crater, an ancient dry crater lake on Mars as the destination for its Mars 2020 rover. The rover is to gather soil and rock samples that could reveal whether Mars once hosted biological activity.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… U.S. and Russian cargo missions reached the International Space Station (ISS) early Monday and Sunday afternoon. Russia’s successful Soyuz Progress cargo launch on Friday signals Russia’s readiness to resume Soyuz crew launches to the Space Station on December 3, following the safe October 11 in flight abort of a Soyuz with NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine leads a presentation Friday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) marking the arrival of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Orion service module. In Washington, the National Space Council hosted discussions Thursday on NASA’s human lunar return and future budget concerns.