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THIRD EUROPEAN SERVICE MODULE FOR ORION TO FERRY ASTRONAUTS ON MOON LANDING

With NASA’s announcement to bring humans back to the surface of the moon before the end of 2024, ESA is preparing to deliver a third European Service Module (ESM) for the Orion spacecraft. An agreement between NASA and ESA gives the go-ahead to start building the ESM, which provides air, water, electricity, propulsion, temperature control […]

ORION’S EUROPEAN SERVICE MODULE 2 ASSEMBLY

The European Service Module-2 (ESM-2) is currently undergoing assembly at Airbus in Bremen, Germany. ESM-2 is the engine of the Orion spacecraft that will carry its first crew into space. The mission is called Artemis 2 and is targeted to launch in 2022. Every wire seen in this structure must be correctly connected and configured […]

MAXAR TEAMS WITH DYNETICS ON POWER AND PROPULSION ELEMENT FOR LUNAR GATEWAY

Maxar Technologies announced it has signed a teaming agreement with Huntsville, Alabama-based Dynetics to support Maxar in building and demonstrating the power and propulsion element for the Gateway − an essential component of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future expeditions to Mars. The teaming agreement establishes a framework for the companies to work together […]

NASA AND LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATE ORION LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEM IN FLIGHT

JThe critical launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft was put to its hardest test this week and demonstrated its capability to pull the crew module and future astronauts to safety during a launch if there is an emergency. The Ascent Abort-2 flight test is a major test milestone that is enabling the safe passage […]

STARLINER SPACE CAPSULE COMPLETES PARACHUTE TESTING

Boeing cleared another milestone toward launching its Starliner space capsule with the fifth, and final, qualification test of the vehicle’s parachute system. The final test was the most difficult. Two parachutes were disabled on a Starliner test article that was dropped from a balloon at an altitude of 40,000 feet. During a four-minute descent, the […]

ORION LAUNCH ABORT SYSTEM DESIGNED TO PULL ITS WEIGHT FOR MOON MISSIONS

JAstronauts inside NASA’s Orion spacecraft will soar toward the Moon atop the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket as part of the agency’s Artemis program to establish a permanent presence at the Moon and learn the skills needed to send humans to Mars. Crew members will journey aboard Orion with the confidence knowing the spacecraft is […]

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT NASA’S DEEP SPACE ATOMIC CLOCK

NASA is sending a new technology to space in late June that will change the way we navigate our spacecraft – even how we send astronauts to Mars and beyond. Built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Deep Space Atomic Clock is a technology demonstration that will help spacecraft navigate autonomously through […]

ASTROBOTIC AWARDED $79.5 MILLION CONTRACT TO DELIVER 14 NASA PAYLOADS TO THE MOON

Astrobotic was selected by NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver 14 payloads to the Moon on its Peregrine lunar lander in July 2021. With this $79.5 million CLPS award, Astrobotic has now secured 28 payloads for lunar delivery as part of its first mission. The firm fixed price contract to deliver NASA […]

SNC TO DEVELOP PROTOTYPES FOR ARTEMIS LUNAR EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been selected to develop prototypes of key human lander elements for NASA’s accelerated Artemis lunar exploration program. During the next six months, SNC will perform studies and develop prototypes to help NASA reduce schedule risk for the descent, transfer and refueling elements of a potential human landing system. “SNC is […]

FAA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD ON RULEMAKING TO STREALINE COMMERCIAL SPACE ACTIVITIES

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the public comment period for 45 days to July 30 for a proposed rule that would streamline federal commercial space transportation requirements for launch and reentry operators and maintain safety during launches and reentries. The proposed rule follows the National Space Council’s 2018 ‘Space Policy Directive 2’, which called on the […]

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