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CSExtra – Top Space News for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Today’s CSExtra offers the latest reporting and commentary on space related activities from across the globe. Future of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center rests with Space Launch System development, director tells Florida space community. Former space shuttle engines will power 2017 SLS test flight. NASA backs private effort to recover 38-year-old derelict U.S spacecraft. U.S., Japanese, Russian astronauts depart International Space Station for Earth, ending first Japanese command. Russia, the only means of reaching the International Space Station with astronauts, retaliates against U.S. space sanctions. Boeing draws on airline experience to appoint CST-100 commercial crew capsule.

Human Deep Space Exploration

KSC’s future hinges on Space Launch System

Florida Today (5/13): The future of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center rests with the development of the Space Launch System heavy lift rocket, center director Bob Cabana tells the National Space Club’s Florida Committee. “If we do not have this capability to fly beyond our planet to explore on a government rocket — something that is way too expensive for a commercial company to do, we don’t need KSC anymore,” says Cabana. The SLS is intended to start humans on future missions of deep space exploration.

Four shuttle veterans selected to drive SLS uphill on maiden flight (5/13): Testing of NASA’s Space Launch System heavy lift rocket will turn in large part on an old friend. The first flight of the rocket intended to start humans on future missions of deep space exploration will rely on former space shuttle main engines. Four of the SSME’s will lift the first unmanned SLS test flight planned for 2017, Exploration Mission-1.

Unmanned Deep Space Exploration

Fundraisers expect green light from NASA to recover ’70s-vintage spacecraft

Space News (5/13): NASA expected to “okay” private efforts to communicate with and control a derelict U.S. spacecraft for new activities. The International Sun/Earth Explorer-3 was launched in 1978.

Low Earth Orbit

International space crew lands safely in Kazakhstan (5/13): Russian Mikhail Tyurin, American Rick Mastracchio and Japan’s Koichi Wakata return to Earth after 188 day mission to the International Space Station. Wakata served as the station’s first Japanese commander.

Commercial to Low Earth Orbit

Rogozin threatens engine restrictions, ISS lifetime extension

CBS News (5/13): Russia Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin threatens to pull out of International Space Station partnership as retaliation over U.S. sanctions levied against Moscow after annexation of Crimea.  Russia could also ban export of RD-180 rocket engines to the U.S. for use aboard the Atlas V launch vehicle.

Russia’s space program retaliates against U.S. sanctions

Aviation Week & Space Technology (5/13): Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of Russia’s space sector, retaliates against U.S. space sanctions. The sanctions were imposed after Moscow’s incursions into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Rogozin would block export of key Russian rocket engines to the U.S.

The tug of war between NASA and Russia continues.

Washington Post (5/13): Russia no longer wants to extend cooperation aboard the 15 nation, U.S. led International Space Station past 2020. U.S. is proposing extension through 2024.

NASA, ULA respond to Rogozin remarks (5/13): Space agency, commercial launch service point to long running cooperation when tensions between the U.S. and Russia were even greater. ULA urges talks to resolve current issues.

NASA says not informed about Russia suspending cooperation on ISS

Ria Novosti, of Russia (5/13): There has been no official statement from Russia over prospective changes in U.S./Russian space relations, say NASA officials.

Rogozin calls for ban on U.S. military use of RD-180

Space News (5/13): Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is on the U.S. sanctions list, over sees Russia’s space sector.

Russian official announces ban on military use of RD-180 engines (updated) (5/13): New U.S., Russian tensions on space could reach beyond the space station and rocket engines to global navigation.

Boeing tries to build a ship space tourists won’t hate

Popular Mechanics (5/13): Boeing looks to its stable of commercial airliners for inspiration as it decorate the CST-100 commercial crew transport capsule. Boeing is vying with Sierra Nevada and SpaceX to develop commercial space transport services to the International Space Station and other orbital destinations.

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