In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Activities ramp up to increase the lift capabilities of the Space Launch System with the Exploration Upper Stage. President Biden offered NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory special praise for its success in reaching Mars with the Perseverance rover.
Human Space ExplorationNASA, Boeing looking to begin SLS Exploration Upper Stage manufacturing in 2021Coalition Members in the News – Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, United Launch AllianceNASAspaceflight.com (3/4): At NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, Boeing and NASA are initiating work on the Exploration Upper Stage, a high performance addition to the Space Launch System (SLS) to enable the launch of heavier payloads for deep space exploration. The start of assembly of an Exploration Upper Stage test article this year will be followed by a ground test phase planned for 2023.
Mining water and metal from the Moon at the same timeUniverse Today (3/4): Working with the University of Texas at El Paso, NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts is assessing mining strategies that would enable the retrieval of not only water ice from the Moon, but also the extra materials that might be picked up as part of the water mining process. The approach is called ablative arc mining.