In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Concerns arise over compatibility between the planned Europa Clipper spacecraft and a possible Space Launch System (SLS) rocket launch. The potential for wide economic gains linked to production of transplant tissues, organs, and other high tech assets could lead to growing support for human space exploration. The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) announces that president and CEO Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar will leave her executive role and transition to the Board of Directors (Emerita) by the end of the year.
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Final Kounotori cargo spacecraft leaves ISSSpaceflightinsider.com (8/18): The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to transition to an advanced version of the Kounotori, H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV, the resupply capsule that departed the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday. The future upgrade, the HTV-X, could deliver cargo to a NASA led lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway as well as the Space Station. In all, the HTV launched nine times with cargo to the ISS, most recently in May. It departed with trash on Tuesday for a planned destructive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.
Compatibility issues further complicate decision on Europa Clipper launch ...