In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Spacewalking NASA astronauts prepare the Space Station for the arrival of a commercial airlock later this year. NASA studies procedures for future Private Astronaut Missions to the International Space Station (ISS). The European Commission curtails a seven year space budget due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Human Space Exploration
Spacewalkers prep Space Station for future upgradesCoalition Member in the News – NanoRacksSpaceflightnow.com (7/21): NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken strolled through their fourth spacewalk within a month outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. A major focus was preparing the Station’s U.S. segment Node 3 Tranquility module for the arrival of a NanoRacks’ commercial airlock later this year. They also installed a tool chest for the storage of robotic sensors capable of detecting ammonia coolant leaks and removed latches from two solar truss modules to prepare for future solar array upgrades. During three previous spacewalks on July 16, July 1 and June 26, the two astronauts completed a 3 1/2 year effort to upgrade solar power system batteries.
NASA seeking info on liability approaches for Private Astronaut Missions to ISSExecutivegov.com (7/20): NASA has issued a Request for Information from potential Private Astronaut Mission launch ...