In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Block 1 version of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) may kickoff missions of the powerful rocket with multiple launches and payloads. NASA taking a second fast paced look at its lunar lander options for mid to large payloads.
Human Space Exploration
NASA adding more SLS Block 1 launches to manifest
Space News (7/10): Based on discussions by NASA and industry personnel at this week’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Propulsion and Energy Forum in Cincinnati, the Block 1 version of NASA Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is likely to launch three times prior to the first flight of the Block 1B upgrade that was originally to boost the first Orion capsule with astronauts. Initially, the Block 1B was to require a near three year modification of the Mobile Launcher (ML) on hand for the first Block 1 mission that is to send an uncrewed Orion capsule around the Moon and back to Earth.
NASA assessing options to speed up mid-to-large lunar landers
Spacepolicyonline.com (7/10): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s staff is taking an accelerated look at the agency’s options for developing mid to large classes of lunar landers with commercial partners. Mid to large ...