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Today’s Deep Space Extra

2 Mar 2021, 17:35 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and its commercial crew partners are preparing for a busy few weeks of ISS operations, as China nears the start of assembly for its Tiangong space station.

Human Space Exploration
Crew-2 on schedule for April launch while next Starliner flight delayedCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (3/2): It is unlikely that the Starliner Orbital Flight Test (OFT) 2 mission, previously scheduled for April 2, will be ready to launch early next month. A major factor in the delay is the power outages in the Houston area, which paused software testing for the spacecraft. NASA and Boeing are trying to figure out availability for OFT-2, as it is a busy time at the International Space Station (ISS) with the upcoming SpaceX Crew-2 and Soyuz missions. Meanwhile, NASA indicated it doesn’t see major challenges to launching SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission in late April, even after the shutdown of a Merlin engine on a February 15 Falcon 9 launch that prevented the booster from landing.
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