In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA outlines plans for May 27 Commercial Crew Program launch from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the first orbital flight of astronauts from the U.S. since 2011. Some in Congress question NASA’s approach to Human Lander System (HLS) contracts for the future exploration of the Moon.
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NASA orders 18 more RS-25 engines for SLS Moon rocket, at $1.79 billionCSE Member in the News – Aerojet RocketdyneAmericaSpace.com (5/2): NASA on Friday announced a $1.79 billion contract with Aerojet Rocketdyne for the production of 18 new RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) rockets that are to launch NASA astronauts on missions to the Moon under the Artemis initiative. Each core stage of the SLS is equipped with four of the engines.
SpaceX and NASA break down what their historic first astronaut mission will look likeTech Crunch (5/1): NASA and SpaceX are preparing for the May 27 launch of astronauts from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the first time astronauts have launched from U.S. soil since the agency’s shuttle fleet was retired in July 2011. Friday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was joined by those preparing for the NASA Commercial Crew Program ...