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Today’s Deep Space Extra

23 Sep 2021, 14:56 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Space Launch System umbilical testing complete for Artemis I mission. Ingenuity helicopter getting ready for its 14th flight.

Human Space ExplorationNASA completes umbilical test for SLS Artemis 1 missionNASASpaceflight.com (9/22): NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) has achieved another milestone during ground processing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as the large rocket developed to launch humans on missions to the Moon and Mars prepares for Artemis I, its first test flight. The Umbilical Release and Retract Test (URRT) took place earlier this week in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to demonstrate the separation of swing arms and umbilicals at the base of the SLS at liftoff. The umbilicals will provide power, communications, coolant, and fuel to the rocket and the Orion spacecraft while at the launch pad until they disconnect at ignition and launch.
Court filings shed light on Blue Origin vs. SpaceX lunar lander fight, with dark spotsCoalition Members in the News – Lockheed Martin, Northrop GrummanGeekWire.com (9/22): The U.S. Court of Federal Appeals on Wednesday released 59 pages of text related to Blue Origin’s lawsuit against NASA and SpaceX over the April award of a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX for ...

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