In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Auditors question NASA’s assessment of Orion development costs. The first Space Launch System (SLS) core stage is moving toward a “green run” ground test firing in October. Spacewalking NASA astronauts all but complete and upgrade of solar power storage batteries on the International Space Station (ISS).
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SLS static-fire test expected in OctoberCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (7/16): Speaking before the American Astronautical Society’s (AAS) Glenn Memorial Symposium earlier this week, Boeing’s John Shannon explained plans to proceed with the “green run” ground test firing of the Space Launch System’s (SLS) core stage four RS-25 engines in October. The full duration, eight minute firing is considered a key milestone in readying the first SLS launch on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, a multi-week test flight of an Orion capsule without crew around the Moon and back to Earth, planned at this point for late 2021. Testing of the core stage at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi so far this year has gone well, said Shannon, Boeing vice president and SLS program manager. Work earlier this year was slowed in workplace response to coronavirus pandemic concerns.
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