In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Boeing establishes the cause of a parachute failure during a successful launch pad abort test of the CST-100 Starliner in New Mexico earlier this week. Russia says NASA has discussed an interest in acquiring one or two more seats aboard Soyuz rockets for astronaut transportation to the International Space Station (ISS).
Human Space Exploration
White House warns Congress about Artemis fundingSpaceNews.com (11/7): In correspondence with Congress, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) spells out spending needs to support an accelerated human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. NASA needs $2.3 billion for exploration research and development for the 2020 fiscal year that began October 1, not the $1.6 billion agreed to so far, according to the White House. The federal government began the new fiscal year with a budget continuing resolution that holds spending at 2019 levels, which are not sufficient within NASA for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway and the development of commercial lunar landers to achieve the goal, according to the correspondence.
Boeing identifies cause of chute malfunction, preps for Starliner launchCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceflightnow.com (11/7): In briefings and statements on Thursday, Boeing ...