In Today’s Deep Space Extra… India will prepare to join the circle of nations capable of launching its own astronauts by 2022. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program offers support for its countdown “load and go” fuel load procedures. Colorado earns an FAA commercial spaceport license.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lockheed Martin shows off its concept for a crew living quarters on a spacecraft developed to explore beyond lunar orbit. NASA, Aerojet Rocketdyne confirm good results from an abbreviated test firing of the RS-25 rocket engine this week that is to power the Space Launch System (SLS) first stage. U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for White House nominees to become NASA deputy administrator and White House science and technology advisor are set for next week.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… ICARUS opens new small animal venture in space. Earth has mini moons and they solve asteroid mysteries. X-37B space plane almost 1 year in orbit.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s investments in private sector space technologies may help to open a low Earth orbit to new commercial space activities, lower the cost of deep space exploration. Canada’s Alberta a close match for Mars rover development competition. Russia selects new cosmonauts.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA is making progress on plans to resume human deep space exploration on several fronts. A growing global space market has communities across the U.S. vying to develop commercial launch complexes.
In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Returning to manned space mission in the U.S. is a top priority for many companies. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe successfully launched on Sunday. Administrator Bridenstine will visit the Michoud Assembly Facility today.