NASA IG Disputes NASA’s Optimism on Artemis Schedule

NASA IG Disputes NASA’s Optimism on Artemis Schedule

NASA’s Inspector General does not agree the next American astronauts will arrive on the Moon in 2025, the date announced by NASA last week, which is a year later than earlier planned. A new audit released today concludes it will be 2026 at the earliest and estimates the cost of the Artemis program at $93 billion through 2025.

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Russian ASAT Test Creates Thousands of Pieces of Space Debris, Imperils ISS

Russian ASAT Test Creates Thousands of Pieces of Space Debris, Imperils ISS

The U.S. Government said today that Russia conducted an antisatellite test that generated 1,500 pieces of trackable debris and thousands that are untrackable. Calling it reckless and irresponsible, officials pointed out the debris threatens not only satellites, but the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station. ISS operations are being affected. The head of Russia’s space agency will meet with NASA officials in Moscow tomorrow at a previously scheduled meeting where this topic is certain to be discussed.

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What’s Happening in Space Policy November 14-20, 2021

What’s Happening in Space Policy November 14-20, 2021

Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of November 14-20, 2021 and any insight we can offer about them.  The House and Senate are in session this week.

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Net Zero Space Initiative Calls for Protecting Earth Orbit’s Environment

Net Zero Space Initiative Calls for Protecting Earth Orbit’s Environment

Almost a dozen space stakeholders signed the Net Zero Space Declaration today, agreeing to take action to avoid the creation of new hazardous space debris and remediate what is already there.  This initial group includes actors from across the space ecosystem including a launch company, satellite operators, companies offering tracking/servicing/debris removal services, a space agency, and a university.

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SpaceX Successfully Tests All Six Starship Engines

SpaceX Successfully Tests All Six Starship Engines

SpaceX took another step forward in the development of its Starship system to take people and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond. Today’s static fire test of the Starship second stage with all six engines was successful according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

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Glen de Vries Killed in Plane Accident

Glen de Vries Killed in Plane Accident

Glen de Vries, who just flew to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard-18 four weeks ago, was killed in the crash of a private airplane in New Jersey today. He was 49.

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Harris Announces New Space Cooperation with France

Harris Announces New Space Cooperation with France

As part of her ongoing visit to France, Vice President Harris and French President Macron have agreed on additional space cooperation. It includes initiation of regular bilateral meetings and a partnership on a Space Climate Observatory to make space data accessible to local communities to help mitigate climate change.

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Crew-3 Up and Away

Crew-3 Up and Away

Four astronauts on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance are in orbit tonight, headed to the International Space Station. The launch was delayed by weather and a minor medical issue afflicting one of the crew, but everything went smoothly today. They will dock tomorrow evening.

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No U.S. Astronauts on the Moon in 2024 as Schedule Slips and Costs Rise

No U.S. Astronauts on the Moon in 2024 as Schedule Slips and Costs Rise

NASA officials conceded today that 2025 is the earliest possible date U.S. astronauts will return to the Moon, not 2024 as promoted by the Trump Administration and adopted by the Biden Administration earlier this year. That will be the third mission in the Artemis series and the first two also have slipped. Meanwhile the development cost for the spacecraft that will transport the crew, Orion, has grown from $6.7 billion to $9.3 billion.

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Crew-2 Home Safe and Sound

Crew-2 Home Safe and Sound

The second operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for NASA, Crew-2, splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico tonight. It is actually the fourth Crew Dragon splashdown carrying astronauts if a test flight and a privately sponsored mission are included. SpaceX has seven places off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic and the Gulf where Crew Dragon can return, but so far the Gulf is providing the more welcoming environment.

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