A growing number of spacecraft missions, as well as NASA’s Artemis program, are putting new pressures on the agency’s Deep Space Network of antennas that communicate with them.
NASA is seeking proposals to begin the next phase of Artemis lunar lander services, moving quickly despite unresolved protests about its selection of SpaceX to develop a lunar lander.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told a House committee June 23 that NASA is awaiting a decision from the GAO on protests of the agency’s lunar lander contract before releasing more details on plans to return humans to the moon.
The Japanese and Canadian space agencies announced plans May 26 to send small rovers to the moon in the next several years, as Lockheed Martin unveiled a partnership with automaker General Motors to propose a rover for NASA’s Artemis program.
A GAO report warns that NASA’s Artemis program faces technical risks as well as management issues that raise doubts about achieving the goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024.
President Biden and Congress should commit to setting 2026 as the year that the United States returns humanity to the moon. What better way to celebrate the 250th anniversary of U.S. independence?
South Korea is in last-minute negotiations with the United States to join NASA’s Artemis program, a South Korean news outlet reported May 18, citing government sources.
NASA has selected SpaceX as the sole company to win a contract to develop and demonstrate a crewed lunar lander, while keeping the door open for others to compete for future missions.
More than a year after selecting SpaceX to deliver cargo to the lunar Gateway, NASA has yet to formally start that contract as it performs a broader review of its Artemis program.
The White House released a first look at its budget proposal for fiscal year 2022 that includes an increase in funding for NASA, particularly Earth science and space technology programs.
NASA officials say the agency is still planning to make selections as part of its Human Landing System (HLS) program by the end of next month as it takes into account the reduced funding for the program.
"Artemis will not survive if it is now cast as a partisan program," Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) writes in this op-ed calling on President Biden's nominee for NASA administrator to support the Artemis moon program despite its Trump administration origins.
Lots of people in the space community are anxious to see what NASA will do with Human Landing System, Artemis and its other programs. They just need a little more perseverance.
NASA should be able to set a new date for the Artemis 1 launch within a few weeks of the Green Run static-fire test of the Space Launch System core stage, assuming that test goes as expected.
Aerojet Rocketdyne doesn’t expect any potential changes to the Artemis program to have much of an effect on its business supplying engines for NASA’s Space Launch System.