In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) wants the agency to apply lessons learned with Commercial Crew Program to development of a lunar lander. Meanwhile, some in Congress are expressing concern NASA’s efforts to accelerate a return to the Moon with human explorers to 2024 could jeopardize funding for the agency’s science missions. NASA’s strategy to encourage a greater low Earth orbit role for the U.S. private sector has the space community talking.
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Safety panel calls on NASA to apply commercial crew lessons for ArtemisCoalition Member in the News – Boeing
SpaceNews.com (6/11): NASA’s Safety Advisory Panel has advised the agency to assess and include lessons learned from its Commercial Crew Program led development of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon in overseeing the commercial lunar lander element for Artemis, the recently announced accelerated effort by NASA to return to the surface of the Moon with astronauts in 2024, four years earlier than previous plans. “The sense of schedule urgency can be positive and effective, but should not be a pressure that engenders decisions or actions that undermine mission assurance and safety,” said Patricia Sanders, chair of the panel.
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