In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA adjusts development schedule for first Gateway element in response to December/January partial U.S. government shutdown. Bipartisan legislation is filed to extend NASA oversight of the International Space Station (ISS) from 2024 to 2030.
Human Space Exploration
Shutdown to delay first element of NASA’s lunar Gateway
SpaceNews.com (2/27): In procurement documents filed this week, NASA states that the record 35-day December/January partial U.S. government shutdown is responsible for slowing work on the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE), which is the first element of the planned human tended, lunar orbiting Gateway. A contract award to begin PPE development has been pushed from March to the end of May. The target launch date has shifted as well, from September 2022, to no later than December 31, 2022.
SpaceX Demo-1: Reviews provide GO for launch
NASA Commercial Crew Program (2/27): Follow on readiness assessments confirm plans to launch the SpaceX Demo-1 mission Saturday at 2:49 a.m., EST, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The test flight will send an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft on an automated trip to the International Space Station (ISS) for a weekend docking.
Boeing Starliner preps for both demo launch and pad abort ...