In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lots of ground activities, and a major flight test in support of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule development are underway this week.
Human Space Exploration
Biggest hurdles to reaching the Moon and Mars are not technicalThe Hill (6/29): NASA’s successes, including landing the first human explorers on the Moon, have long required bipartisan political support. Preserving the bipartisan formula could be more of a challenge to sustainably returning humans to the Moon and pressing for Mars than the technical obstacles, write two executives of Explore Mars, Inc.
Upcoming test to demonstrate Orion’s launch abort system in flightCoalition Member in the News – Lockheed MartinSpaceNews.com (6/30): The flight test of the Launch Abort System (LAS) NASA is developing for Orion/Space Launch System (SLS) missions to the Moon and Mars is planned for early Tuesday. The unmanned test will use a Peacekeeper solid fuel rocket motor to boost an instrumented but uncrewed Orion capsule mockup to an altitude of more than 30,000 feet, where the LAS is to pull the capsule away. The test will not include a deployment of the parachute system, which would follow in an actual abort to lower ...