In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Cynus leaves the International Space Station for new mission in orbit. Solar Orbiter, a mission two decades in the making, will launch from Cape Canaveral as soon as February 9. Washington Post editorial board comments on shifting destinations and presidential direction and its negative impact on NASA.
Human Space Exploration
Cygnus cargo ship leaves International Space Station (ISS), begins new mission in orbitCoalition Members in the News – NanoRacks, Northrop GrummanSpace.com (2/1): Early Friday, Northrop Grumman’s latest NASA contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), its 12th overall and first under a second round of contracts between NASA and Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada, departed the six person orbiting science laboratory for an extended mission. First up prior to a destructive February 29 atmospheric re-entry were deployments of small satellites using NanoRacks and SlightShot deployers. Northrop is readying another cargo mission launch to the Space Station on February 9 from Wallops Island, Virginia.
AFRL, Blue Origin partner for lunar lander engine developmentDayton Daily News of Ohio (1/31): The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Blue Origin have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to provide a test facility for Blue ...