In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Safety concerns arise over a lack of timely funding for NASA’s Artemis initiative and efforts by China to forge ahead with Space Station and the future human exploration of the Moon. The European Space Agency (ESA) updates plans for a delayed Mars rover mission to seek evidence of past or present life on the Red Planet.
Human Space Exploration
NASA safety panel warns of technical and budgetary risks to Artemis programCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, DyneticsSpaceNews.com (10/1): NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) met Thursday. Among the concerns discussed was the uncertainty surrounding NASA funding could lead to engineering compromises in the Artemis program. ASAP also noted that NASA does not have a fully integrated, end-to-end test and planning capability for flight software.
NASA Safety Panel worries if Boeing can meet Starliner scheduleCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpacepolicyonline.com (10/1): A second issue raised during the ASAP meeting concerned Boeing’s plans for reflight of the CST-100 Starliner crew vehicle. The next Orbital Flight Test (OFT) is scheduled for December, however several issues remain that must be worked before the flight. The spacecraft must complete OFT-2 and a crewed flight test to the International ...