In Today’s Deep Space Extra… House hearing emphasizes the development of nuclear propulsion for space travel. DART mission arrives at launch site.
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U.S. needs nuclear spacecraft to compete with China, NASA official saysUPI (10/20): In testimony on Wednesday, NASA and aerospace experts urged the U.S. House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee to continue support for nuclear propulsion technologies that could greatly accelerate the travel time by astronauts to Mars and help the nation maintain leadership in space. “Strategic competitors including China are aggressively investing in a wide range of space technologies, including nuclear power and propulsion.” Bhavya Lal, NASA’s senior advisor for budget and finance, testified during the hearing. “The U.S. needs to move at a fast pace to stay competitive and to remain a leader in the global space community.”
NASA starts process to acquire more commercial crew missionsSpaceNews.com (10/21): NASA is beginning the process to procure more commercial crew flights as it looks to extend the International Space Station (ISS) through the end of the decade. The initiative includes the opportunity for new entrants to join the program. NASA issued a request for information (RFI) this week seeking information from industry on its ability to transport ...