SpaceX and NASA have confirmed that an “anomaly” occurred yesterday during a static fire test of the SuperDraco engines on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Crew Dragon spacecraft has eight SuperDraco engines that are used for its abort system in case of an emergency during launch or ascent to orbit. SpaceX is readying for an in-flight abort test as part of its preparations for commercial crew flights to the International Space Station (ISS).
Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the week of April 21-27, 2019 and any insight we can offer about them. The House and Senate are in recess this week, except for pro forma sessions. They return for legislative business next week.
Margaret Kivelson is the new chair of the Space Studies Board (SSB) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She succeeds Fiona Harrison who stepped down in order to co-chair the ongoing Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics. Harrison was the first woman to chair SSB in its 61-year history. Now Kivelson is the second.
NASA released crew assignments for the International Space Station (ISS) through spring 2020 today. Notable by their absence are flights by the two U.S. commercial crew companies, SpaceX and Boeing. NASA had hoped that U.S. launches of ISS crews would begin this year. Instead, U.S. crew members will be staying for longer periods of time, including what will be a record-breaking mission by Christina Koch. She will remain for almost 11 months, returning in February 2020 instead of this fall.
The Science and Technology Policy Institute’s (STPI’s) independent analysis of the possibility of sending humans to Mars in 2033 concludes that it is “infeasible under all budget scenarios and technology development and testing schedules.” It might be possible for such a mission to depart Earth in 2037, but 2039 is more realistic, the report says. “Mars 2033” became a rallying cry for some human spaceflight enthusiasts during the Obama Administration and although NASA’s plans have changed quite a bit since then, a sizable Mars-or-bust community remains.
New: A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging (where packaging is ... Read moreabout the condition
Here are SpacePolicyOnline.com’s tidbits for April 15, 2019: Beresheet 2 already in the works; Falcon Heavy core stage tips over; Apollo 11’s Mike Collins wants “JFK Direct” to Mars; Skylab and shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott passes away. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.
Here is SpacePolicyOnline.com’s list of space policy events for the next TWO weeks, April 14-27, 2019, and any insight we can offer about them. The House and Senate are in recess until April 29, except for pro forma sessions.
Almost two dozen members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) quizzed four top military and civilian Pentagon leaders for more than two hours today about why a Space Force is needed and how much it will cost. In the end, there was no consensus from either Republicans or Democrats. Most seem to remain unconvinced that it will add value instead of just more bureaucracy, but are open to further discussions.
The Israeli Beresheet lunar lander failed to make a soft landing on the Moon today, but the effort, led by Israeli non-profit SpaceIL, is being widely hailed nonetheless. Although it did not win the $20 million Google Lunar X-Prize, the X-Prize Foundation decided to award the SpaceIL team $1 million anyway in recognition of reaching lunar orbit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin were among those praising SpaceIL and encouraging them to keep trying.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said today that NASA is dividing its human lunar exploration program into two phases. Phase 1, to be completed by 2024 as directed by the White House, will focus on getting astronauts to the lunar surface fast. Phase 2, by 2028, will focus on making the program sustainable. The plan itself remains the same as before, but the Administration will request funding to accelerate it by 4 years.
- Ebern Designs McCombs Solid color Sheet Set
- True Luxury 1000-Thread-Count 100% Egyptian Cotton Bed Sheets, 4-Pc Queen Dark G
- ALAFLOSS JACQUARD WOVEN ICELANDIC WOOL BLANKET WITH HORSES REVERSIBLE 51” X 35”
- Just The Pillow by Save My Face Beauty Pillow Anti-Wrinkle FDA Registered La Pe
- Kyotonishikawa Cotton & Pipe-Filled Pillows Beige 06-PL5550 Japan Fast Shipping
- Stunning Pair of Bronze Ormolu Aviary Wall Sconces Candle Holders,30''H.
- 3pc transmission flexible Rond Long Double Jeu de pinces nez 8mm 16mm 22mm
- BOSTON VR-MX ( Pair ) USED
- Engine Timing Tool Set - BMW 1.6 1.8 2.0 -- Laser Part No 4419 New
- Jet 191 6 in. Cast-Iron Utility Vise 6 Jaw Opening, 6 Jaw Width, 62.6 lbs New
- Milwaukee Hand Tools - VDE Slotted Screwdriver 8.0 x 175mm
- Pericolo Alta Tensione Insegna Parte N.6642 da Laser - Nuovo
- Straight Shank Wireless Electric Screw Driver Pen Hardware Tool Set Good
- WORKPRO 55PC Screwdriver Set Precision Screwdrivers Set Screwdriver for Phone
- 3D Pariser Turm Malerei 74 Tapete Wandgemälde Tapete Tapeten Bild Familie DE
- 3D Stream Muster 501 Fototapeten Wandbild Fototapete Tapete Familie DE Lemon
- 3.5 Gal. Tile Adhesive Lightweight OmniGrip High Flexibility Bonding Floor Wall
- HUGE Welcome - Fancy Script - 48 x 15 Vinyl Wall Decal - Select color
- 3D Green Lotus Leaf 5 Floor WallPaper Murals Wall Print 5D AJ WALLPAPER UK Lemon
- 3D Pokemon 526 Japan Anime Bed Pillowcases Quilt Duvet Cover Single AU
- Legrand Träger Arm Klammer Edelstahl Kabel Tablett Befestigung Platte, 150 mm W
- Watercolor Duvet Cover Set with Pillow Shams Fal Season Leaves Print
- Bright Cactus Pattern Bedding Set Green plants cactus Print 3 Pieces Duvet Cover
- Merryfeel 100% cotton yarn dyed Duvet Cover Set - Full Queen bluee
- Pencil Holder Organizer Office Storage Desktop Stationery Container Box Pen Desk
- 500 Retail Store Clothes Shirt Hangers 17 [43 cm] Plastic w Strap Slots
- Bosch Professional Five-Point Self Leveling Alignment Laser BNA Class Two Lasers
- Freeman PFBC940 4-in-1 18 gauge Mini Flooring Nailer Stapler
- Martha Stewart Dream Science Ultra Comfort Down Alternative KING Comforter i2068
- Ring RIL3600HP MAGflex Twist Ultra Bright COB LED Inspection Lamp Torch Light
- WESTWARD 4KU87 Digital Micrometer,0 to 1 ,0.0001,Ratchet
- Abstract Quilted Bedspread & Pillow Shams Set, colorful Footballers Print
- DELTA 902341 TABLE Replacement Part for Spindle Sander Model s SA350 SA350K ++
- Hugo Boss Queen Duvet Cover Dream Cotton New Pearl Stitched Waves
- New 3 PC Anthropologie Textured Chevron Twin Duvet & 2 Standard shams SKY
- Signoria Firenze Cascina Queen Duvet Cover - Ivory Flax
- 3-In-1 Mobile Work Centre - 1-70-326
- Lever plastic Spare parts Peq. Appliance
- Upright Stationary Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Wet Dry Pump Canister Robot Salon Pet
- Game MmiHoYo Yae Sakura Cosplay Flat Bedsheet Flannel Blanket 150200cm Lh75
- 90GSM Flamingo Print Microfiber Sheet Set - QUEEN - PINK - Modern Minimalist Bed
- Pottery Barn faux fur Grand throw 88 X 88 Alpaca New
- Tropical Tucan Paradise Fleece Blanket - Baby Soft Faux Fur Throw
- FCB Fc Barcelona Plush Raschel Blanket Sherpa SPORT 50x60 ORGINAL FOOTBALL MESSI
- Philippi Germany Duo Double Tealight Candle Holder Modern Elegant Simple Design
- 10 Dahlias nains décoratifs en mélange
- Audio Physic Scorpio 25+ with FULL factory warranty (demo pair)
- Carter D'Huile Kit de Réparation M13 X 1.5 Pièce Numéro 5225 par Laser -
- Faithfull - Varipitch Holesaw 140mm
- Klipsch RP-640D BRAND NEW Wall-Mountable Flat-Panel Theater Speaker
- NEPROS 3 8sq. SHORT RATCHET HANDLE (90-TOOTH)
- Russound RSF-620 6.5 2-WAY IN-CEILING EDGELESS GRILL PAIR MSRP 229
- TORX PLUS Ensemble de mèches 1cmd diamètre 9PC Outils Clé - mèches,diamètre,9PC
- 4x Bridgland PAINT BRUSH Wooden Handle RED- 50mm, 75mm Or 100mm
- 3D Fish Lotus Pond 6 Floor WallPaper Murals Wall Print Decal AJ WALLPAPER Summer
- 3D Art Painting 864 Wall Paper Murals Wall Print Wall Wallpaper Mural AU Kyra
- Bedding Sets Twin Double Queen Size Stripes Style Duvet Cover Set 3pcs Bed
- 3D Snow Tree 755 Unframed Print Wall Paper Decal Wall Deco Indoor AJ Wall Jenny
- 3D TIGER×DRAGON 01 Japan Anime Bed Pillowcases Quilt Duvet Cover Set Single CA
- BURGUNDY SOLID (DUVET SET + BED SKIRT) 1000TC 100% COTTON SCALA CHOOSE SIZE
- D53 Double Size Cotton Bedding Bed Set Sheet + Quilt Cover + Pillow Case K
- Nichols Miller Luxurious 100% Cotton King Duvet Spring Summer Gorgeous so SOFT.
- Digital blueetooth Laser Distance Meter Rangefinder Measure Tool 40M 60M 80M BG
- AICO Furniture - Fillmore 5pc Queen Comforter Set - BCS-QD05-FLMOR-COR
- Bose SoundTouch Portable battery Series II Wireless Music System W Remote 412540
- SCHLAGE 5 PIN PRECUT KEYS (20 PAIR)