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Today’s Deep Space Extra

13 May 2021, 14:15 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A 2021 U.S. Senate NASA authorization measure calls for the development of more than one Human Landing System. NASA’s Space Launch System core stage performed well during the Green Run series that concluded in March, according to an analysis of terabytes of test data.

Human Space ExplorationSenate bill would direct NASA to select a second HLS companySpaceNews.com (5/12): A NASA authorization bill for 2021 was added to the Endless Frontier Act legislation by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday. The amendment calls on NASA to select not fewer than two providers to develop a Human Landing System (HLS) for the Artemis program no later than 30 days after the bill is enacted. Earlier this year, NASA selected one of three proposals it had chosen in 2020 for initial development, though the agency’s original intent was to select at least two proposals to ensure redundancy. SpaceX was chosen over proposals from teams led by Blue Origin and Dynetics. The two companies have appealed the award. Wednesday’s amendment authorizes just over $10 billion for the landers, which would have to be appropriated by Congress.
SLS Core Stage Green Run validates propulsion system performance and ...

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