In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Efforts to expand human activities in low Earth orbit as well as deep space are likely to require NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) as well as the best in new propulsion from the commercial space industry. But a debate is under way. Confronting space debris could be a national security challenge. In Florida, NASA’s next planet seeking mission, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is being prepped for an April liftoff.
Human Space Exploration
Don’t abandon NASA-led legacy systems
USA Today (2/26): Though impressive, recent commercial accomplishments like the inaugural launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy do not diminish the promise of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), writes Chris Carberry, the CEO of Explore Mars, Inc. Unless proven alternatives emerge, NASA systems are likely to offer unmatched capabilities to achieve ambitious space objectives, such as reaching new deep space destinations with human explorers. Carberry’s views are counter to those of a USA Today editorial (https://www.usatoday.com/search/NASA/), which contends NASA has over invested in the Space Launch System (SLS) and that the Falcon Heavy could be a less expensive alternative.
Why technological innovation and increased cooperation regarding space debris are vital
The Space Review (2/26): Growing numbers of advanced ...