Boeing plans to announce this summer the crew that will be on a test flight of the company’s CST-100 crew vehicle in 2017, as well as reveal the pressure suits the crew will wear.
Replacing faulty electrical wiring that runs behind the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) primary mirror could delay assembly of the flagship observatory’s primary optics package, although the overall mission remains on schedule, a NASA official said April 8.
NASA, which proposed ending the Mars Opportunity rover’s mission for the second year in a row in its 2016 budget request, is still trying to figure out some way of keeping the 11-year-old vehicle operating on the surface of the red planet.
NASA’s failure to replace its Heliophysics Division director, who was fired almost a year ago, despite interviewing multiple qualified candidates does not mean the division is going away, the agency’s top science official said.
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In another sign of the James Webb Space Telescope's dysfunction, Northrop Grumman denied a GAO request to interview programmatic technical experts unless a supervisor was present.
NASA Mars czar Jim Watzin defended the agency’s plans to follow up the Mars 2020 sample-collecting rover with a telecommunications orbiter that would launch in 2022 and possibly serve as a testbed for technologies applicable to future sample-return and even human spaceflight missions.
NASA extended Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreements with Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and SpaceX, giving the companies more time, but no more money, to finish spacecraft development work awarded more than two years ago.
Human missions to Mars are possible in the 2030s without significant increases to NASA’s current budget, according to an internal Jet Propulsion Laboratory study discussed at a recent closed-door workshop.
Eumetsat will place Meteosat-7 into a retirement orbit in April 2017 by assuring that it retains enough residual fuel to climb several hundred kilometers above the geostationary-orbit belt.
Europe’s Rosetta comet-chaser satellite has apparently survived a dangerously close flyby of Comet 67P, which it is accompanying toward the sun, despite a dazzling of its star trackers by cometary debris and a subsequent shutdown of its science instruments.