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Today’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. Rocket engine for advanced version of NASA’s Space Launch System completes hot fire testing. Hubble Space Telescope finds Kuiper Belt destinations beyond Pluto for NASA’s New Horizons mission. Mission managers prep NASA’s Cassini spacecraft for final mission activities in late 2016. Experts trace source of Australian meteorite. NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory launches early Wednesday. International Space Station becoming catalyst for low Earth orbit commerce. Orbiter Atlantis an instant crowd pleaser at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. U.S. Air Force seeks dismissal of SpaceX lawsuit. Russia postpones debut launch of new Angara rocket family indefinitely. Editorial endorses efforts to streamline NASA’s Commercial Crew Program requirements.
Human Deep Space
AmericaSpace (7/2): Engine testing sets the stage for an evolved version of NASA’s Space Launch System, the heavy lift rocket in development to start U.S. explorers on future missions of deep space exploration.
Unmanned Deep Space
NBC News (7/1): Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers begin to identify prospective Kuiper Belt destinations for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. The probe is on a course to fly by Pluto in July 2015.
Space.com: NASA’s long running Cassini mission to Saturn will receive a name change for its final activities, Cassini Grand Finale. The final stages will take the probe between the large planet and its innermost ring starting in late 2016.
Discovery.com (7/1): Experts trace source of Australian meteorite to long shattered asteroid.
Low Earth Orbit
Nasaspaceflight.com: NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory lifts off early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Launch of the spacecraft that will monitor carbon dioxide levels and sources in the Earth’s atmosphere took place at 5:56 a.m. EDT. Efforts to launch the spacecraft on Tuesday were halted because of a problem with the launch pad water sound suppression system.
Commercial to Orbit
Aviation Week & Space Technology (7/1): The International Space Station is becoming an catalyst for entrepreneurs. Nanoracks and Sierra Nevada Corporation are just two of those participating in an expansion of the U.S. economy to low Earth orbit.
Space News (7/2): U.S. Air Force seeks dismissal of suit filed in late April in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims linked to a large contract award to United Launch Alliance. In a June 30 filing, the Air Force claimed SpaceX waited too long to sue.
Orlando Sentinel (7/2): Attendance at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex soars with $100 million display of the shuttle Atlantis. The exhibit marked its first anniversary in late June.
Space News (7/2): Russia faces a long, unspecified delay in the inaugural launching of its new Angara rocket family. The series will establish a break from Soviet-era launch vehicles for Russia.
Houston Chronicle (7/1): Editorial urges Washington lawmakers to unburden NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners from pricing requirements that would be added to fixed price agreements.
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