In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s focused on establishing target launch dates for test flights of Moon mission as well as new commercial low Earth orbit human spacecraft. China prepares for a global 2020 march to Mars.
Human Space Exploration
NASA official hints first SLS launch could slip to mid-2021SpaceNews.com (10/11): NASA is awaiting the appointment of a new associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate before it establishes a new target date for the first joint launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and an uncrewed Orion capsule. The position opened when associate administrator Bill Gerstenmaier and his deputy Bill Hill were reassigned earlier this year. Speaking at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, last week, Ken Bowersox, the former astronaut who is leading the directorate on an interim basis, suggested the launch date for the Artemis 1 test flight could slip from 2020 to mid-2021. While progress in the SLS development is being made, critical milestones loom.
NASA confirms Boeing’s latest timetable for Starliner space taxi’s final testsCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch AllianceGeek Wire (10/11): Boeing has set November 4 and December 17 for ...