In Today’s Deep Space Extra… It’s Earth Day! NASA researchers look ahead. NASA is bringing oversight of the commercialization of low Earth orbit under a single management chain. Astronauts may return to using suborbital flights as part of training. Iran launches a military mission, according to reports.
Human Space ExplorationNASA reorganizing to sharpen LEO commercialization efforts, MacDonald to oversee CASISSpacepolicyonline.com (4/21): NASA is reorganizing elements of its human space flight oversight that are focused on commercialization of low Earth orbit activities. The move follows the April 6 release of an Independent Review Team assessment of CASIS, the nonprofit that oversees commercial, academic and non NASA government activities using the U.S. National Laboratory assets of the International Space Station (ISS). The assessment was critical of CASIS as well as NASA’s oversight. Alex MacDonald, NASA’s chief economist, has been assigned as the new ISS National Laboratory program executive to carry out reforms.
NASA astronauts may train on private suborbital spaceshipsSpace.com (4/21): NASA may look to commercial suborbital spaceflight companies to help train astronauts for future missions, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
Russian space official tests positive for coronavirus after attending Soyuz crew launch to Space StationSpace.com (4/21): A high ranking ...