In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A Japanese re-supply mission reaches the International Space Station (ISS). A Space Launch System (SLS) core stage mock-up reaches NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for critical fit checks and to serve as a training aid. Elon Musk updates Starship and Super Heavy development and flight test plans.
Human Space Exploration
HTV delivers batteries and experiments to space stationSpaceflightnow.com (9/28): The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) eighth cargo mission reached the International Space Station (ISS) early Saturday, delivering more than 8,000 pounds of crew supplies, science experiments, technology demonstrations and Station hardware. The hardware includes a half dozen external lithium ion batteries, which are to be installed with a series of spacewalks in October. They will replace a dozen less efficient nickel hydrogen batteries.
NASA’s Pegasus barge arrives at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) with SLS hardwareFlorida Today (9/27): The large barge Pegasus on Friday delivered a mock-up of the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) after a journey through coastal waters from the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The large mock-up will be used for fit checks and launch training. The SLS is to carry out a pair of ...