In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and Boeing are negotiating terms of future Space Launch System (SLS) core stage rocket production. A NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) study zeros in on subsurface water ice deposits on Mars. Blue Origin’s New Shepard family of suborbital rockets launches for a 12th time.
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NASA and Boeing look ahead to long-term SLS productionCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (12/11): NASA and Boeing are engaged in contract discussions for the long term production of Space Launch System (SLS) first stage cores. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared assembly complete for the first of the 212 foot long rocket stages as the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans earlier this week. At the December 9 event Bridenstine predicted the cost of the SLS core would decline as more of the rockets are produced. The assembly of a third and fourth and possibly up to 10 of the SLS cores is under discussion. The SLS will launch Artemis missions with Orion crew capsule carrying astronauts bound for the Moon. Artemis 3, the first landing with female and male astronauts is planned for 2024.
NASA’s treasure map for water ice on MarsNASA/Jet Propulsion ...