The agency confirms that all systems performed perfectly during the second ascent abort test, proving that astronauts aboard Orion could be safely wrenched free of a rocket in the event of an emergency.
Under the current administration, NASA has been told to push up its timeline and get a crewed mission to the moon by 2024 instead of 2028. That’s just five years away, and the agency now says it will need at least $20 billion in additional funding to make it happen.
These US companies will help NASA deliver cargo and scientific instruments to the lunar surface in the next few years with the aim of supporting human landings and habitation by the mid-2020s.
It might seem like we’ve been talking about the Space Launch System (SLS) for years, and that’s because we have been. NASA began this ambitious project in 2011, eventually settling on Boeing as the primary contractor for what will be the most powerful rocket in the world. It’s not ready to fly yet, and NASA is getting impatient.
Delays and cost overruns have plagued the SLS, and a new report lays the blame at the feet of NASA’s primary SLS contractor: Boeing.
According to NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot, NASA now plans to use the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage for early manned flights.
SpaceX wants to use the port of Los Angeles for its Big Falcon Rocket work — could we see Musk’s Mars-bound rocket sooner than we think?
The Trump administration has called for NASA to cease funding ISS operations in 2024, in order to divert that money into manned lunar exploration in 2025.
NASA is looking for a second stage replacement rocket design, and may work with companies like Blue Origin to deploy one.
Mars Base Camp could send six astronauts to Mars within a decade.