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Today’s Deep Space Extra

23 Sep 2021, 01:23 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA divides human spaceflight directorate into two. Aerojet Rocketdyne to develop the Orion Main Engine for future Artemis missions.

Human Space Exploration
NASA splits human spaceflight directorate into two new branches
Space.com (9/21): NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Tuesday at a virtual employee town hall that the agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) will separate into two mission directorates. They are the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD) and the Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD). They will focus respectively on developing the systems for future human exploration such as those associated with returning humans to the Moon and preparing for Mars, and operating ongoing human spaceflight operations, including activities on the International Space Station (ISS) and the commercialization of low Earth orbit. Kathy Lueders, who led HEOMD, will lead SOMD. Jim Free, a previous director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, will lead ESDMD.
Aerojet Rocketdyne wins NASA contract for Orion Spacecraft Main Engine
Coalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin
Seekingalpha.com (9/22): NASA has awarded a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne for the development of the Orion Main Engine (OME), which will be used on the spacecraft as part ...

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