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Today’s Deep Space Extra

12 Mar 2018, 14:10 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s human deep space exploration ambitions are counting on advances in propulsion technology and heavy lift. China’s lunar far side lander/rover enters critical pre-launch test phase. NASA’s Steve Jurczyk moves to agency’s No. 3 position.
Human Space Exploration
We just completed a record-breaking test of a revolutionary ion engine
Coalition Member in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne
Futurism (11/2/17): At NASA’s Glenn Research Center a new propulsion technology is emerging, ion propulsion, using the space proven X3 Hall thruster. NASA’s long running Dawn mission at the asteroid Ceres is equipped with ion propulsion, and as higher thrust levels are achieved, ion propulsion could transport humans as well as equipment to Mars in much shorter periods of time. Aerojet Rocketdyne leads development of the X3 power supply.
If you come at the Space Launch System (SLS), you best not miss
The Planetary Society (3/9): The roots of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) reach back to 2005, when there were no commercial alternatives on the horizon to launch the crews and the hardware required for human deep space exploration. Then known as the Ares, it was cancelled by former President Obama in 2010, but soon resurrected by ...

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