In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Advancements in space continue despite difficult times due to global coronavirus pandemic.
Human Space Exploration
NASA perseveres through pandemic, looks ahead in 2020, 2021Coalition Members in the News – Astrobotic, Boeing, DyneticsParabolic Arc (8/13): Activities ahead include the first scheduled commercial crew launch to the International Space Station (ISS). Planned for late September, SpaceX, if certified following its successful two month DM-2 test flight, will launch four astronauts to the Space Station, effectively doubling the number crew available for scientific and technology activities in the U.S. segment. The OSIRIS-Rex mission is to obtain a sample of the asteroid Bennu on October 20. The Michael Freilich Sentinel-6 mission is to launch in November to monitor sea levels. And a highly anticipated ground test firing of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is planned for late this year at the Stennis Space Center.
Sierra Nevada makes progress on LIFE inflatable habitat for lunar, Mars missionsCoalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, DyneticsAmericaspace.com (8/13): Working under a NASA Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) initiative, Sierra Nevada Corp. is developing an expandable commercially launched deep space habitat for four astronauts with a pressurized volume perhaps ...