ESA names first ‘astronaut’ to fly on the Artemis I lunar mission

ESA names first ‘astronaut’ to fly on the Artemis I lunar mission

The specially trained woolly astronaut, Shaun the Sheep, has been assigned a seat on the Artemis I mission to the Moon. Shaun’s assignment was announced by ESA’s Director for Human and Robotic Exploration Dr David Parker. David Parker said, “Shaun’s mission assignment rounds off the first phase for the latest members of our astronaut corps, […]

NASA Makes Progress Toward Artemis Moon Rocket Launch

NASA makes progress toward Artemis Moon Rocket Launch

Inside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians continue to prepare NASA’s super-powerful Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and next-generation Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission. Artemis I is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that will enable human exploration to the Moon and Mars. This uncrewed mission will launch […]

Sidus Space Fabricates Hardware in support of NASA’s Artemis Program and their Space Launch System (SLS) Manned Vehicle

Sidus Space Fabricates Hardware in support of NASA’s Artemis Program and their Space Launch System (SLS) Manned Vehicle

Sidus Space, a Space-as-a-Service company focused on mission-critical hardware manufacturing; multi-disciplinary engineering services; satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations; and in-orbit support, is proud to announce that it has completed the fabrication of the first set of hardware in support of NASA’s Artemis Program and their Space Launch System (SLS) Manned Vehicle. As a […]

NASA Selects Draper to Fly Research to Far Side of Moon

NASA Selects Draper to Fly Research to Far Side of Moon

NASA has awarded Draper of Cambridge, Massachusetts a contract to deliver Artemis science investigations to the Moon in 2025. The commercial delivery is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative under Artemis. Draper will receive $73 million for the contract, and is responsible for end-to-end delivery services, including payload integration, delivery from Earth […]

Goodyear Joins Lockheed Martin to Commercialize Lunar Mobility

Goodyear Joins Lockheed Martin to Commercialize Lunar Mobility

Vehicle Tires Designed for Extreme Temperatures in One Sixth Gravity on Crater-Filled Terrain The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company supplied essential products for NASA’s Apollo program, including the Apollo 11 mission which landed on the Moon 53 years ago today. The company will continue that tradition—focusing on lunar vehicle tires—by joining Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) in its development […]

Rocket Lab Completes Fifth Orbit Raise For NASA’s CAPSTONE Mission to The Moon

Rocket Lab Completes Fifth Orbit Raise For NASA’s CAPSTONE Mission to The Moon

Rocket Lab USA has confirmed its Photon Lunar spacecraft successfully ignited its HyperCurie engine for a fifth time, further carrying NASA’s CAPSTONE satellite toward the Moon. This fifth burn of the HyperCurie engine has propelled CAPSTONE and Photon deeper into space, successfully raising the spacecraft’s elliptical orbit. With this latest completed orbit-raising maneuver, Rocket Lab’s […]

Rocket Lab Successfully Raises Orbit a Fourth Time For NASA’s CAPSTONE Moon Mission

Rocket Lab Successfully Raises Orbit a Fourth Time For NASA’s CAPSTONE Moon Mission

Rocket Lab USA confirmed its Photon Lunar spacecraft has successfully brought the CAPSTONE satellite for NASA closer to the Moon with the completion of its fourth orbit-raising maneuver. After CAPSTONE was successfully delivered to space on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket and Photon Lunar spacecraft, NASA’s CubeSat remains attached to Photon as it periodically ignites its […]

NEWS UPDATE: SLS Wet Dress Rehearsal

NEWS UPDATE: SLS Wet Dress Rehearsal

After three separate attempts to complete the wet dress rehearsal were scrubbed during fueling operations earlier this year, NASA engineers finally completed the next crucial step in the Moon 2.0 mission…however, the latest test did not go smoothly.  During countdown procedures, a set of gaseous nitrogen supply and hydrogen leak issues delayed testing for hours. […]

NASA Announces Artemis Concept Awards for Nuclear Power on Moon

NASA Announces Artemis Concept Awards for Nuclear Power on Moon

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are working together to advance space nuclear technologies. The agencies have selected three design concept proposals for a fission surface power system design that could be ready to launch by the end of the decade for a demonstration on the Moon. This technology would benefit future exploration under the Artemis umbrella. […]

Artemis 1 Wet Dress Rehearsal Update: Test Ends at 7:37 p.m. EDT at T-29 Seconds

Artemis I Wet Dress Rehearsal Testing Rescheduled

The Artemis I wet dress rehearsal ended Monday, June 20, at 7:37 p.m. EDT at T-29 seconds in the countdown. The test marked the first time the team fully loaded all the Space Launch System rocket’s propellant tanks and proceeded into the terminal launch countdown, when many critical activities occur in rapid succession. During propellant […]