While NASA’s first manned spaceflight director, Chris Kraft, continues to be critical of the whole concept of building the new SLS heavy lift rocket system in favour of using current smaller launch vehicles, others remain concerned that NASA’s heavy lift rocket might actually still be too small itself. As Nasaspaceflight.com notes from NASA’s Concept Of Operations (CONOPS) document, using a four astronaut […]
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While NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) heavy lift rocket is being designed to help its astronauts to one day reach the planets and passing asteroids, it remains under fire. Critics in the US House of Representatives and elsewhere note that it is sucking NASA funds from other equally important programmes (most notably from scientific observation of the Earth and from the commercial crew launch programmes) while at the same time being […]
Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon in July 1969, has passed away on 25 August, shortly after his 82nd birthday. Armstrong had been recovering from medical procedures to alleviate his coronary arteries, when complications led to his death.
The Minister of State for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP used the Farnborough International Air Show to announce the new ‘Civil Space Strategy’ setting out the direction for the UK space sector over the next four years. With the UK space sector growing at 7.5% growth remains the aim for the UK Space Agency. Other space agencies were taking note. The Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain, said that he was learning from the United Kingdom with respect to “taking competitive lessons” adding that it was the “right time for ESA to go for competitiveness and growth”.
When this blogger saw the headline of this 30 March article by Aviation Week’s senior space editor Frank Morring it seemed that the “program of record” that dare not speak its name had finally broken cover and spoken to the media after what was becoming a period of apparent self imposed vow of silence
Ares/Orion is more of a Development program than a Research program, so I am not depressed to see it disappear. I am concerned to see NASA manned spaceflight disappear, since they provided world leadership in the 60s and part of the 70s. The result was America’s universities being the leader in Science/Engineering PhDs.
NASA’s first commercial foray, the commercial orbital transportation services progamme, also known as COTS, has seen a 60% hike in the agency’s investment with the fiscal year 2011 budget
Perhaps the big surprise of the NASA budget teleconference was the sudden announcement by agency administrator Charles Bolden of the winners for NASA’s $50 million Commercial Crew Development initiative
US spaceflight website space.com has revealed that in a teleconference yesterday the US government’s Office of Management and Budgets’ director Peter Orszag and the White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer confirmed that president Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget request for NASA does not include the Constellation programme
Is this going to see the big new vision annoucement?
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