In Today’s Deep Space Extra… In a move to ensure a continuous U.S. presence on the International Space Station (ISS), NASA announced the purchase of a seat aboard a three person Russian Soyuz rocket planned for launch in October. Elements responsible for U.S. national security are rallying to protect the economic health of the nation’s space industrial base.
Human Space Exploration
NASA signs deal for additional Soyuz seatCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (5/12): NASA will pay Russia just over $90 million to launch an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) in October to ensure a continued U.S. presence on the 15 nation orbiting science lab. Though continuously occupied since early November 2000, the number of crew dropped from the typical six to seven persons to three earlier this year due to delays experienced by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners. NASA hopes the Commercial Crew Program can re-initiate the regular transportation of astronauts once provided by NASA’s space shuttle this year. SpaceX and Boeing are striving to complete certification, potentially by year’s end.
Dragon solar array concerns driving duration of first crewed test flightSpaceflightnow.com (5/12): NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are in line to ...