In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Small Lander Initiative intends to increase capabilities of private sector to land increasingly larger payloads on the lunar surface. NASA briefs advisory council on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) progress. Boeing, SpaceX advance NASA’s commercial crew initiative with parachute tests. European space debris removal demonstration reaches the International Space Station.
Human Space Exploration
Op-Ed | Supporting America’s plan to lead on the moon
Coalition Member in the News – Astrobotic
Space News (4/4): Current plans taking shape at NASA to return human explorers to the moon can take advantage of private sector as well as government initiatives to achieve success. The Small Lander Initiative, for instance, will turn to the commercial sector to develop and land increasingly larger and more capable spacecraft on the lunar surface, writes Astrobotic’s chief executive John Thornton.
EM-1 Update: Making progress, but still behind schedule
NASAspaceflight.com (4/3): NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), the first joint test flight to the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule is being paced by work on the SLS core stage and the European Space Agency’s service module contribution, according to details provided by the agency to a NASA Advisory Council panel on Mar. 26. The ...