In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing, NASA look to a milestone uncrewed test flight of the CST-100 Starliner in December. Virgin Galactic goes public. The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) wraps up today in Washington D.C.
Human Space Exploration
NASA sets launch date for Starliner mission to Space StationCoalition Member in the News – BoeingArs Technica (10/24): NASA and Boeing are looking to December 17 for the uncrewed test launch and mission of the CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station (ISS). More pre-launch milestones await, including a Flight Readiness Review, prior to the actual launch attempt atop an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Starliner is one of two commercial spacecraft that NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is looking to for regular launches of astronauts to the Space Station, something the U.S. has not been able to do since the space shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon completed its uncrewed test flight to the space station in March. Both companies must conduct crewed test flights as well.
Astronaut to control a Moon robot from the Space StationSpace.com (10/24): In a European Space Agency (ESA) demonstration from the International Space Station (ISS) planned for ...