Weekly News Digest

May 14th, 2022

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Here is a list of news that were published in our Newsletter the week of May 9-13:

Human Space Exploration:

  • Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch Alliance: NASA Safety Panel: Don’t rush to crewed test flight as Boeing prepares OFT-2
  • ISS partnership feeling some effects of sanctions on Russia
  • Coalition Members in the News – Axiom Space, Collins Aerospace: Axiom Space breaks ground at Houston Spaceport
  • Coalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, United Launch Alliance: Boeing, NASA teams give Starliner final go for OFT-2 mission
  • Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch Alliance: Boeing’s Starliner is years late, but NASA says it’s also necessary
  • Coalition Members in the News – Northrop Grumman, United Launch Alliance: Northrop Grumman says it has backup plan for ISS resupply, but silent on details
  • Colombia signs Artemis Accords
  • Electric vehicle company with NASA contract issues financial warning
  • Tianzhou-4 cargo craft docks with Chinese space station


Space Science

  • This is it! Meet the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way
  • Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt, next stop moon
  • Coalition Member in the News – United Launch Alliance: Yup, Earth is still there: GOES-18 goes online, sends 1st image of planet
  • Watch the Event Horizon Telescope’s ‘groundbreaking’ Milky Way discovery online today
  • Water may have been on Mars much more recently than scientists thought, China’s rover suggests
  • NASA’s InSight lander detects the biggest quake on Mars yet
  • Webb is almost ready. There’s one last thing to do
  • Mars helicopter Ingenuity recovering from communications blackout spawned by dust
  • This crater on Mars is just a couple of years old
  • NASA defends decision to shut down SOFIA
  • 50 years ago, scientists had hints of a planet beyond Pluto



  • The future of Mars science missions


Other News

  • Coalition Member in the News – Northrop Grumman: Space Force to select small rocket for ‘responsive space’ mission
  • “Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut’s Journey”
  • Space safety concerns put economic growth at risk
  • Statue of first U.S. woman in space to be unveiled at Cradle of Aviation
  • DoD inspector general finds nothing improper in U.S. Space Command basing decision
  • Coalition Member in the News – Lockheed Martin: U.S. military wants nuclear rocket ideas for missions near the Moon
  • India, France agree to cooperate on secure access to outer space, space-based challenges
  • Coalition Member in the News – L3Harris: National Reconnaissance Office partners with U.K. on space mission to fly on Virgin Orbit rocket
  • Coalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance: As Centaur turns 60 years old, ULA prepares to evolve Centaur V
  • South Korea’s new president seeks independent space agency, deeper U.S. space cooperation
  • Canada joins U.S. in ASAT testing ban
  • Coalition Member in the News – Northrop Grumman: 30 years after Intelsat VI rescue, Northrop Grumman aims to make in-space servicing a permanent reality
  • FAA and NTSB discussing roles in commercial spaceflight investigations
  • Virgin Galactic pushes back commercial suborbital flights to 2023


Major Space Related Activities for the Week

  • Coalition Members in the News – Boeing, Maxar: On Monday 5/11 at 11 a.m. EDT, NASA hosted a virtual news briefing on the status of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).


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