In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Commercial Crew Program outlines dates for upcoming crucial tests of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon as they work to establish a new U.S. human launch capability in 2020. Like those of the Apollo era, NASA’s Artemis astronauts will gather samples of the Moon for return to Earth as they resume human lunar exploration in 2024.
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Boeing and SpaceX preparing for commercial crew abort testsCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (10/30): In presentations before the NASA Advisory Council in Washington on Wednesday, NASA Commercial Crew Program manager Kathy Leuters outlined milestone test activities that could determine if Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon are certified to begin the regular scheduled transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2020. First up is a launch pad abort test for Boeing on November 4 at the White Sands Missile Test Range in New Mexico.
Artemis missions face sample return crunchSpaceNews.com (10/30): Mass limits currently appear to restrict how much lunar material the initial NASA Artemis missions intended to return human explorers to the Moon’s surface can bring back to Earth to just 35 kilograms, ...