In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Orion capsule and booster elements of the Space Launch System (SLS) achieve development milestones as part of the Artemis human deep space exploration initiative. China launches and lands a reusable rocket.
Human Space Exploration
NASA’s Moon-bound Orion spacecraft is officially fit for flightCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanFuturism (9/3): NASA’s Orion crew capsule has successfully completed its System Acceptance Review and Design Certification Review, meaning the spacecraft is prepared to launch on its first mission around the Moon and back to Earth, Artemis 1, in late 2021. Uncrewed, Artemis 1 is the first of three missions that are to lead to a return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon with Artemis 3 in 2024.
Solid fuel booster for NASA’s new moon rocket test fired in UtahCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, Northrop GrummanCBS News (9/2): Last Wednesday, Northrop Grumman successfully ground tested an upgraded version of the twin solid rocket motors that are to power each launch of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). The two minute, Flight Booster Test-1 test in Promontory, Utah exercised the booster version intended to power the planned Artemis 4 through 9 missions ...