In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is prepping for Saturday’s SpaceX Crew Dragon launch on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station (ISS). U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, intends to introduce legislation soon maintaining NASA oversight of the space station through 2030.
Human Space Exploration
NASA and SpaceX Agree Demo-1 is set for March 2
Spacepolicyonline.com (2/22): After a daylong Kennedy Space Center (KSC) flight readiness review, NASA on Friday declared SpaceX’s Crew Dragon ready for a March 2 launch to the International Space Station (ISS). Dragon is to launch uncrewed, dock at the Space Station a day later and return to Earth, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean on March 8 — if all goes well. NASA managers are working with their Russian counterparts to resolve a concern over whether the spacecraft has redundancy in the computer and software aboard Dragon that are to guide the capsule to a docking with the Station’s U.S. segment.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn plans to file measure extending U.S. operations of the Space Station to 2030
Houston Chronicle (2/22): U.S. Sen. John Cornyn plans to file legislation extending NASA led operations of the International Space Station ...