In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Second Orion European Service Module ready to be delivered to NASA. Roscosmos faces significant budget cuts.
Human Space Exploration
Second European Service Module ready for delivery to NASAAerotech News (10/9): The second Airbus-built European Service Module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft is ready for delivery from the company’s site in Bremen, Germany. An Antonov cargo aircraft will fly the hardware to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The European Service Module is a key element of Orion, the next-generation spacecraft that will transport astronauts beyond low Earth orbit as part of the Artemis program. The module provides propulsion, power, and thermal control and will supply astronauts with water and oxygen.
Boeing and NASA continue to investigate Starliner valve problemCoalition Members in the News – Axiom Space, BoeingSpaceNews.com (10/9): NASA and Boeing are looking to the first half of 2022 for the launch of CST-100 Starliner on Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), an uncrewed test flight of the capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). Preparations to launch in early August were halted when an oxidizer propellant valve issue surfaced. The cause is still under investigation.
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