Next Attempt for Artemis I Test in June

Next Attempt for Artemis I Test in June

NASA officials said today they plan to try again in June to complete the Wet Dress Rehearsal test for the Artemis I mission. The test was scrubbed three times in April before the agency decided to return the Space Launch System rocket to the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs while fixes were made by a contractor to a gaseous nitrogen supply line.  The launch date for Artemis I will not be set until the test is complete.

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Senate Defeats Effort to Scrap Second HLS

Senate Defeats Effort to Scrap Second HLS

Tonight the Senate defeated an effort by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to remove a provision in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act that authorized $10 billion for a second Human Landing System for the Artemis program. Sanders characterized it as a hand-out to multibillionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, one of the HLS competitors, but advocates argued a second HLS is needed to ensure competition, redundancy and safety.

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Nelson Blasts Cost-Plus Contracts, Says Russia Not Leaving ISS

Nelson Blasts Cost-Plus Contracts, Says Russia Not Leaving ISS

At a Senate hearing today. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson praised the agency’s shift to public-private partnerships and fixed price contracts, calling cost-plus contracts a “plague” that increases program costs.  He also reassured the committee that nothing has changed in the U.S.-Russian space station relationship despite “misleading headlines” in recent days that Russia will soon withdraw from the program.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy May 1-7, 2022

What’s Happening in Space Policy May 1-7, 2022

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of May 1-7, 2022 and any insight we can offer about them. The Senate is in session this week. The House is in recess except for pro forma sessions.

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UAE Astronaut to Spend 6-Months on ISS, Fulfills NASA/Axiom Deal

UAE Astronaut to Spend 6-Months on ISS, Fulfills NASA/Axiom Deal

Axiom Space and the United Arab Emirates announced today that a UAE astronaut will spend six months aboard the International Space Station next year. Their arrangement fulfills a deal NASA made with Axiom last year that allowed NASA’s Mark Vande Hei to fly to the ISS on a Soyuz spacecraft even though NASA’s contract with Russia’s space agency had expired. Whoever flies this mission will be the second UAE astronaut to visit the ISS, but the first on a long-duration mission.

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NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce Gets New Director, Elevated Position

NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce Gets New Director, Elevated Position

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced today that Richard DalBello will be the new Director of NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce. OSC has been without a permanent director since the change of administrations 15 months ago. She also said the office will be elevated to a higher level within NOAA, a step recommended by the Senate Appropriations Committee among others.

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Another Crew Heads to ISS

Another Crew Heads to ISS

Four astronauts lifted off from Kennedy Space Center this morning at 3:52:55 am ET headed to the International Space Station. The launch took place less than two days after a private astronaut crew returned from ISS. The dizzying pace of activities at ISS will continue with the crew docking later tonight and a Russian spacewalk starting tomorrow morning. [UPDATE: they docked at 7:37 pm ET.]

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Planetary Decadal Embraces Planetary Defense, Endorses NEO Surveyor

Planetary Decadal Embraces Planetary Defense, Endorses NEO Surveyor

The new National Academies Decadal Survey for planetary science weighs in on NASA’s planetary defense program for the first time, fully endorsing it. In particular, it strongly supports the NEO Surveyor mission to accelerate the search for potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects to comply with congressional direction to locate and catalog NEOs 140-meters or more in diameter. However, NASA’s FY2023 budget request proposes a two-year delay.

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Axiom-1 Crew Back Home, Days Late But Safe and Sound

Axiom-1 Crew Back Home, Days Late But Safe and Sound

The first U.S.-sponsored private astronaut mission to the International Space Station is back on Earth today a week late because of weather delays. The four-man Axiom-1 crew was supposed to spend 10 days in space, eight of them on the ISS, but high winds around Florida gave them bonus days, almost doubling their space station visit.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy April 24-30, 2022

What’s Happening in Space Policy April 24-30, 2022

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of April 24-30, 2022 and any insight we can offer about them. The House and Senate are in session this week.

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