In Today’s Deep Space Extra… SpaceX and Boeing warned by NASA of design safety concerns. Japan’s Hayabusa 2 successfully landed on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu late Thursday for a quick sample collection session. An Israeli lunar lander launched from Florida’s Space Coast late Thursday as a secondary payload that includes a NASA technology demonstration. Russia eyes new tourist missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
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SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program
Coalition Member in the News – Boeing
Reuters.com (2/21): NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year. NASA is paying SpaceX $2.6 billion and Boeing $4.2 billion to build rocket and capsule launch systems to return astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil for the first time since America’s space shuttle program went dark in 2011.
Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft lands on Ryugu asteroid
New York Times (2/21): The Japanese Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission spacecraft succeeded Thursday, U.S. time, in ...