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Counting the Full Cost Of Congressional Hostility to NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Counting the Full Cost Of Congressional Hostility to NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

InnerSpace Opinion “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.” On Wednesday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden sent a letter to Congress informing America’s elected representatives that due to consistent under-funding of the Commercial Crew program since its inception, his agency would be forking over an additional $490 million to Russia to pay for Soyuz crew […]

NASA Announces First Astronaut Selections for Commercial Crew

NASA Announces First Astronaut Selections for Commercial Crew

Image Credit : NASA NASA has announced its selection of the first four astronauts which will fly under the Commercial Crew program. Given the last two weeks and the inclusive results regarding the CRS-7 mishap investgation relayed by Elon Musk earlier this week, the announcement comes as a refreshing bit of forward looking news. July […]

SpaceX, Orbital ATK Likely to Receive New Awards With CRS Contract Extension

SpaceX, Orbital ATK Likely to Receive New Awards With CRS Contract Extension

SpaceX is set to launch its 7th Commercial Resupply mission to the International Space Station on June 28th, but based on a notice posted by NASA last Friday, it may be adding at least for more missions to the count through an extension which would see the original contract run through 2018. Fellow supplier Orbital-ATK, […]

NASA Issues First Commercial Crew Flight Orders From Boeing

NASA Issues First Commercial Crew Flight Orders From Boeing

NASA announced late yesterday that it has issued the first task orders for crew rotation flights under its Commercial Crew program. The order went to Boeing, but as the press release included below makes clear, that does not necessarily mean the first flight will go to Boeing as well. In parsing previous statements, the agency […]

Posted in: Congress, NASA
Congress Makes it Rain for SLS; Commercial Crew Not So Much

Congress Makes it Rain for SLS; Commercial Crew Not So Much

Yesterday, a House Appropriations subcommittee approved a draft NASA FY 2016 funding bill. As expected, the bill was set at the same overall funding level as that offered up by the Administration, at $18.592 billion. To that extent, the bill is non-controversial, but that is also about as far as it goes. Once again, the […]

Posted in: Congress, NASA, SLS / Orion
Five Years Later and Looking Back Again

Five Years Later and Looking Back Again

KSC Director Robert Cabana Addresses the Media on the “21st Century Spaceport” Addressing the concerns of his audience at the Kennedy Space Center on April 15th  2010,  President Obama sought to assure NASA and contract employees that the changes his administration was about to institute; cancelling Project Constellation, maintaining ISS, greenlighting Commercial Crew, and setting […]

Posted in: NASA, NewSpace, SpaceX
The Plantary Society’s Orbiting Mars Workshop: Secrecy, But No Falcons

The Plantary Society’s Orbiting Mars Workshop: Secrecy, But No Falcons

Fact, followed by Editorial Opinion. Beginning in 2012, after NASA somewhat reluctantly adopted the Space Launch System architecture dictated by Congress the previous year, America’s space agency has been pushing the the narrative that it is on “A Journey to Mars.” For anyone looking beyond the hype however, it is has been rather clear that […]

Posted in: Mars, NASA
Next SpaceX Launch Now Set for Sunday Evening

Next SpaceX Launch Now Set for Sunday Evening

The upcoming launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster carrying twin Boeing built satellites has been moved from Friday, February 27 at 10:49 PM EST, to Sunday evening at 11:01 PM EST. The liftoff, which will take place from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 40, will not include an attempt at booster recovery, but it […]

Posted in: SpaceX
Boeing, ULA Break Ground on Commercial Crew Access Tower

Boeing, ULA Break Ground on Commercial Crew Access Tower

Artists Conception of Boeing/ULA Commercial Crew Tower / Image Credit: ULA From NASA.GOV “Boeing and United Launch Alliance teams held a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 20 to begin construction on the first new crew access structure at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in decades. The preparations will enable Space Launch Complex 41 to host astronauts and […]

NASA FY 2016 Budget Request Draws Battle Lines Over Commercial Crew

NASA FY 2016 Budget Request Draws Battle Lines Over Commercial Crew

On Monday, the Obama Administration announced its proposed budget for FY 2016, a $4 trillion dollar (officially $3.999) spending tally which is certain to be contested by the new Republican Congress. As part of the day’s events, NASA Chief Financial Officer (CFO) David Radzanowski presented the space agency’s own $18.5 billion dollar slice of the […]

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