In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The assembly of the first Space Launch System (SLS) core stage moves ahead. The fate of India’s efforts to soft land a spacecraft on the Moon, Chandrayaan-2 suggest once again that landing on the Moon will be a challenge for NASA and its commercial and international partners.
Human Space Exploration
Turning the SLS engine section over for final core stage mateNASAspaceflight.com (9/9): A look at how NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) core stage prime contractor, Boeing, will complete the horizontal assembly of the first stage for Artemis 1, the first joint test launch of the SLS and Orion crew capsule on an uncrewed, multi week flight around the Moon and back to Earth.
FAA: No further assessment needed for SpaceX testingBrownsville Herald of Texas (9/9): The FAA has determined that no further Environmental Impact Studies of SpaceX will be required, though the company’s focus of activities at its south Texas site, Falcon 9 rocket launches, has changed since the initial EIS was completed in 2014. More recently, activities at Boca Chica have turned to development of Starship, part of a commercial heavy lift rocket for transporting humans to Mars.
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