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Today’s Deep Space Extra

12 Feb 2019, 16:28 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s independent Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) underscores the need for safety as the agency’s Commercial Crew Program prepares for test flights of the new Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon. Congress and the White House may be close to a deal that would avert another partial government shutdown on Friday.

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Spacepolicyonline.com (2/11): NASA is preparing to launch astronauts from U.S. soil this year for the first time since NASA’s shuttle fleet was retired in 2011 through the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, whose partners include Boeing and SpaceX. Their respective CST-100 Starliner and Crew Dragon are to launch without astronauts and then with astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a certification process. NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), in its latest annual report, made public last Friday, urges NASA to remain attentive to the inherent risks of spaceflight in the face of cost and schedule pressures. That same vigilance applies to efforts to resume U.S. human deep space exploration with Orion and the Space Launch System (SLS), ...

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