CSExtra – Top Space News for Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Today’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. Family chat, frustration over human exploration launches NASA’s Morpheus planetary lander. NASA commercial space transportation efforts look to moon next. Best ways to find lunar ice. Global space economy, spurred by commercial activities, grows by 4 percent in 2013. Space Station astronauts cultivate lettuce. Russia cannot manage International Space Station alone, says NASA administrator Charles Bolden tells Berlin audience. Pondering an orbital FAA. Florida lawmakers okay $42.5 million for space, including improvements to space shuttle runway for commercial users. Central Florida launches new space themed tourism campaign. Aerojet Rocketdyne to furnish rockets for new U.S. air launch system for satellites.
Human Deep Space Exploration
CNN (5/19): NASA’s Project Morpheus, the prototype for a manned or unmanned planetary lander, had its roots in a father son chat and an urge to advance human exploration.
Unmanned Deep Space Exploration
The Space Review (5/19): Where next for the commercial partnership initiative NASA started with the Commercial Orbital Transportation Systems program that spawned the SpaceX Dragon and Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus re-supply missions to the International Space Station? There’s the Commercial Crew Program currently underway and then there is the agency’s new Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (CATALYST) program. CATYLST could put the private sector on the moon.
Coalition for Space Exploration (5/19): Small satellites could play a key role in the detection of lunar ice deposits, according to a new study from the Keck Institute for Space Science.
Low Earth Orbit
Spacepolicyonline.com (5/13): Global space economy reaches a record $314.17 billion in 2013, according to an annual assessment from the Space Foundation. The commercial sector lead the growth, according to the analysis.
Universe Today (5/19): International Space Station astronauts turn on lettuce growing experiment. Efforts could lead to fresh food for space travelers.
Associated Press and Washington Post (5/19): In remarks at the Berlin Air Show, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says no one country involved in the International Space Station partnership can end the program. His remarks come in response to Russian threats to pull out in 2020, stalling a U.S. initiative to extend operations by four years.
Huffington Post (5/19): The International Space Station could face an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere without Russian participation in the partnership. Last week, a high ranking Russian officials called for an end in 2020 as retaliation for U.S. economic sanctions tied to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Russia’s Progress cargo ships provide fuel and propulsion to keep the six person ISS in orbit.
Commercial to Low Earth Orbit
The Space Review (5/19): A growing commercial interest in orbital space raises a question: Who should manage the traffic. Some suggest the FAA, which licenses launches and landings. Others wonder if it would be better to wait and see.
Space News (5/19): Florida legislative investments will bring upgrades to NASA’s shuttle runway at the Kennedy Space Center for commercial users. They are part of an overall $77.1 billion state budget for the 2015 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Florida Today (5/19): Central Florida launches social media campaign with a space theme to increase tourism. Tourism adds an estimated $2.86 billion a year to the Brevard County economy and is responsible for 20,900 local jobs.
Sacramento Business Journal (5/19): Stratolaunch Systems Inc., selects Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide the rocket engines for an air launch system designed to place satellites into Earth orbit. First launch of the Thunderbolt rocket is planned for 2018.
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