In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress listens to concerns over the International Space Station’s future. Orbital ATK’s ninth NASA contracted cargo mission heads to the ISS from Virginia’s Eastern shore. A Chinese communications satellite launch is to support a robotic lander/rover mission to moon’s far side.
Human Space Exploration
Antares rocket launches NASA cargo to Space Station in dazzling predawn liftoff
Coalition Member in the News – Orbital ATK
Space.com (5/21): Orbital ATK’s ninth NASA contracted re-supply mission to the International Space Station lifted off from Wallops Island, Virginia, early Monday atop an Antares rocket. Orbital’s Cygnus, with a 7,400 pound cargo, is to reach the Station early Thursday. Orbital has named the cargo capsule for the late J.R. Thompson, a long time Orbital and NASA executive and propulsion engineer.
NASA wrestles with what to do with International Space Station after 2024
Spaceflightnow.com (5/20): NASA’s 2019 budget calls for an end to direct funding of the International Space Station by 2025, with the understanding that the space agency would join with others in becoming a client of a commercially operated alternative. However, independent experts appearing before U.S. Senate and House NASA oversight panels last week questioned whether the private sector ...