In Today’s Deep Space Extra… As the Hubble Space Telescope nears 31 years in orbit, operators believe the observatory is showing its age. The coronavirus pandemic is taking a financial toll on NASA initiatives estimated at $3 billion.
Human Space Exploration
MAF continues tornado/hurricane recovery while building SLS stages under pandemic restrictionsCoalition Member in the News – BoeingNASAspaceflight.com (3/31): NASA continues to oversee repairs to the outside of the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) buildings from recent weather damage and upgrades to protect against future extreme weather. While the building undergoes repair, the agency and Space Launch System (SLS) prime contractor Boeing are moving into the final phases of integration of the rocket’s second core stage elements, continuing production of the third core stage, and preparing for Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) manufacturing, set to start later this year. Access to MAF remains restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevada company plans space station with inflatable podsCoalition Member in the News – Axiom SpaceUPI (3/31): Sierra Nevada unveiled plans on Wednesday to launch a commercial space station with expandable habitats within seven years. NASA is encouraging the development of commercial free flyer hosts to the agency’s low Earth orbit human space ...