In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and Boeing progress toward July launch of Starliner. China marks first crewed mission to its new space station.
Human Space Exploration
NASA and Boeing close out recommendations from Starliner reviewCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, United Launch AllianceSpaceNews.com (6/17): Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is currently undergoing fueling in preparation for launch of Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), planned for July 30. The company and NASA announced yesterday that they had closed all the actions from an independent review in 2020 to address problems with the first Orbital Flight Test (OFT) mission of the spacecraft. If OFT-2 launches on schedule and is successful, NASA will consider flying the first crewed flight of Starliner this year. The next step for the spacecraft before launching on OFT-2 is to be mated with ULA’s Atlas V rocket, which will launch it to the International Space Station (ISS).
China, Russia lay out joint plans to explore the moon while China launches first crew to TianheSpacePolicyOnline.com (6/16): Russia and China revealed their roadmap for joint exploration of the Moon at the Global Space Exploration (GLEX) conference in St. Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday. The endeavor would take place over ...