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Today’s Deep Space Extra

5 Nov 2021, 16:16 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The National Academies on Thursday released its astrophysics and astronomy decadal survey report. VP Harris to convene first National Space Council meeting.

Human Space ExplorationUmbilical hardware arrives for SLS ML-2, runs out of fundingNASAspaceflight.com (11/4): Components for a second Mobile Launch Platform (MLP-2) have arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to support the launch of the upgraded Block 1B version of the Space Launch System (SLS). The Block 1B version of the SLS will support the Artemis IV mission. While some work can continue, near-term funding needed for complete assembly of the MLP-2 has run out. Issues were cited early in the process via a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which noted: “COVID-19 created inefficiencies and disrupted collaboration, experiencing delays receiving data from the SLS program that the project needs to inform the design of ML-2…” In a statement, NASA told NASASpaceflight.com that “The ML-2 contractor has paused some procurements in order to align with the near term (FY21/22) funding profile. Tower and Umbilical work is slated to start in FY22 and ’23. All the planned work will still take place, but the schedule is currently being reworked to ensure it will ...

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