Human Space Exploration Update:  (June 12-23, 2017)

International Space Station

  •  Bread Crumbs in Space:  ‘Bake in Space’: Experiment to test baking crumb-free bread on Space Station  Bake in Space is an experiment scheduled to launch to the International Space Station next year to determine whether there is a crumb free bread suitable for a space menu. German researchers are attempting to solve a problem with bread in a gravity free environment — loose crumbs that can float free and invade electrical and ventilation systems.

Orion and Space Launch System

  • Orion Launch Abort System Test:  Orbital ATK motor test proves successful  Orbital ATK led a successful ground test firing of the Launch Abort System under development for NASA’s Orion crew exploration spacecraft in the Utah desert. The abort system is designed to sit atop Orion during the launch phase and be capable of rapidly pulling the spacecraft and its crew to safety if there is a problem during the ascent of the Space Launch System rocket. During a launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the capsule with crew would descend under parachute into the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.
  • SLS-Orion Adapter:   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/space/  The adapter that will connect NASA’s powerful Space Launch System to its Orion spacecraft will be built, at least partially, by a Space Coast-based contractor, Craig Technologies.

Commercial Space Transportation

  • Antares Resupply Missions:  Antares to resume Cygnus launches later this summer   Orbital ATK has announced it plans to resume use of the company’s Antares launch vehicle as well as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Island, Va., launch complex for future re-supply missions to the International Space Station.   

Space Policy, Missions, Benefits, International …

Citizens for Space Exploration – a pro-space, taxpayer, grassroots advocacy group (www.citizensforspace.org ) – has travelled to Washington, D.C. the past 26 years to meet face-to-face with Members/staff of Congress to discuss the value of America’s investment in space exploration. In order to sustain that dialogue on a regular basis, Citizens distributes “Space Exploration Update” to Congressional offices to provide an easy, quick way to stay abreast of key human space exploration program and policy developments. 

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