HOUSTON — A challenging weather outlook loomed as SpaceX readied its fourth Commercial Resupply Mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for a liftoff early Sept. 20.
The flight will kick off a busy six weeks aboard the orbiting science laboratory, as well as another opportunity for Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX to advance its Falcon 9 first-stage reuse strategy.
HOUSTON – NASA faces challenging cost, sustainability and utilization issues as it strives to extend operations of the six-person International Space Station (ISS) from 2020 to 2024, an Inspector General’s audit says.
The audit foresees higher-than-projected annual operating expenses, a decline in solar power availability aggravated by a gap in the ability to launch large critical spare parts, and troubles with ranking research priorities and encouraging outside experiments.
NASA faces challenging cost, sustainability and utilization issues as it strives to extend operations of the six-person International Space Station from 2020 to 2024, an Inspector General’s audit says.
Twenty female mice will blaze a trail for further rodent studies aboard the International Space Station as passengers on the fourth commercial SpaceX Dragon resupply mission positioned to lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral early Sept. 20.
HOUSTON—The U.S. faces a struggle in the next few years in determining appropriate safety standards as it surges to re-establish a domestic human space launch capability through NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, former space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale predicts.
NASA’s congressionally directed efforts to discover and track Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that could pose an impact threat to Earth and develop mitigation strategies are poorly coordinated, though organized under a single program office with increased funding, according to the agency’s inspector general.
"I think the agency will struggle for the next couple of years as it tries to certify spacecraft built by someone without the space agency’s complete direction," says Wayne Hale, a member of the NASA Advisory Council and former space shuttle program manager. "That is the experiment that lies before us."
International Space Station staffing temporarily dipped to three late Sept. 10 as a trio of U.S. and Russian crewmembers descended safely into southern Kazakhstan. The landing set up the launch in two weeks of a replacement crew that includes the first female cosmonaut assigned to the orbiting science laboratory.