In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA looks at possible Commercial Crew Program test flights with astronauts this year. The second in a new generation of NASA/NOAA weather satellites launched successfully on Thursday. NASA restructures oversight of its advanced space technology investments.
Human Space Flight
Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel encouraged (sort of) on commercial crew
Spacepolicyonline.com (3/1): NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Committee met Thursday at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Briefings included plans to launch uncrewed and crew test flights of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon spacecraft this year, potentially restoring a U.S. human launch capability lost as the NASA shuttle program was retired in 2011. While “challenging,” the timeline is considered an encouraging development. Both spacecraft are to commercially transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station and permit increased research activities.
NASA wants to send humans to Mars in the 2030s: Here is the step-by-step timeline
Business Insider (3/1): A notional look at U.S. space mission planning that could transition human space exploration activities from low Earth orbit to the moon and eventually Mars. Planetary science as well as human missions developed by NASA and the U.S. private sector would shape the course ...