Artemis 1 core gets an engine, more SLS cores to be ordered

Artemis 1 core gets an engine, more SLS cores to be ordered

Much like the Apollo program in the 1960s, the current Artemis program seems to have news every week. NASA’s first Space Launch System rocket recently received its first engine while the agency continues to work with Boeing to secure contracts for the giant vehicles through the end of the next decade.

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NASA seeking industry input on lunar spacesuit production

NASA seeking industry input on lunar spacesuit production

With NASA’s 2024 Moon landing deadline fast approaching, a number of hardware elements need to be developed and tested in short order. One of those is a lunar surface spacesuit.

On Oct. 4, 2019, NASA announced in a request for information that it was seeking industry feedback to help “refine and mature” a strategy for production and services for spacesuits that will be used by astronauts in the agency’s Artemis Moon program.

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Astronauts finish 1st spacewalk to replace P6 truss batteries

Astronauts finish 1st spacewalk to replace P6 truss batteries

Astronauts completed the first of up to five spacewalks to replace batteries on the far port side of the International Space Station’s truss and even had time for tasks planned for the next outing.

Expedition 61 Flight Engineers and NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Drew Morgan donned spacesuits Oct. 6, 2019, for a rare Sunday extravehicular activity to start the process of replacing the 12 nickel-hydrogen batteries on the P6 truss segment with six lithium-ion units.

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Kounotori 8 mission scrubbed after launch pad fire

Kounotori 8 mission scrubbed after launch pad fire

The Japanese space agency called off the launch of its H-2B rocket with the Kounotori 8 spacecraft after a fire broke out at the base of the vehicle just 3.5 hours before its planned liftoff. The cargo ship is slated to resupply the International Space Station.

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NG-11 Cygnus begins multi-month post-ISS mission

NG-11 Cygnus begins multi-month post-ISS mission

Northrop Grumman’s NG-11 Cygnus departed the International Space Station following its 3.5-month stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, beginning a multi-month free-flying secondary mission. Using the robotic Canadarm2, the spacecraft was unberthed Aug 6, 2019, from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module and positioned about 10 meters below the Destiny laboratory module and released to slowly move away from the ISS.

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Progress MS-12 makes fast-track flight to ISS

Progress MS-12 makes fast-track flight to ISS

Two orbits after launching from Kazakhstan, Russia’s Progress MS-12 cargo spacecraft rendezvoused and docked with the International Space Station. Inside the freighter is some 2,400 kilograms of hardware and crew supplies bound for the outpost and its six-person Expedition 60 crew.

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CRS-18 Dragon arrives at ISS with new docking adapter

CRS-18 Dragon arrives at ISS with new docking adapter

Two days after threading the needle with weather to launch, SpaceX’s CRS-18 Dragon spacecraft rendezvoused and berthed with the International Space Station. Carrying 2,312 kilograms of cargo, including a new docking adapter for commercial crew spacecraft, the vehicle placed itself about 10 meters beneath the Destiny module before being captured by the robotic Canadarm2.

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