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Today’s Deep Space Extra

14 Jan 2020, 16:15 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is preparing for another major flight test milestone early Saturday. The competition for a place in NASA’s human lunar lander development initiative grows.
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Dynetics teams up with Sierra Nevada Corp. for NASA’s big lunar lander competitionCoalition Members in the News – Boeing, DyneticsGeekWire.com (1/13): Dynetics, of Huntsville, Alabama, is teaming with Sierra Nevada and others yet to be identified, to compete for a human lunar landing system collaboration with NASA. Blue Origin and Boeing and possibly SpaceX are among those also competing for the work, according to the report. As part of Artemis, NASA’s accelerated effort to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024, the landers would shuttle astronauts between a lunar orbiting Gateway and the surface of the Moon as the space agency develops a sustainable presence.
Crew Dragon faces its last big test before human spaceflight on SaturdayArs Technica (1/13): Saturday’s four hour launch window for the inflight abort test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon opens at 8 a.m., EST. After launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the unpiloted Crew Dragon will rise to 20 kilometers ...

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