Tag Archives: International Space Station

Report sharpens debate over spaceship costs

Boeing is in line to get paid substantially more per seat than SpaceX for astronaut trips to the International Space Station, in part because it negotiated an increase in what was meant to be a fixed-cost contract, NASA’s Office of … Continue reading

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SpaceX Dragon fires up launch abort thrusters

SpaceX went the distance today with a static-fire test of its Crew Dragon space taxi’s launch escape system — the same type of test that ended in a costly explosion when it was conducted in April. A photo released after … Continue reading

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Bill aims to keep space station going until 2030

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has joined with three other U.S. senators in introducing a NASA authorization bill that aims to extend federal support for International Space Station to 2030. The bill voices support for NASA’s Artemis campaign to explore the moon in preparation for … Continue reading

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Starliner parachute glitch traced to unsecured pin

For want of a pin, the use of a spaceship’s parachute was lost. That may be a simplistic way to explain why one of the three parachutes on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space taxi failed to open. It does, however, serve … Continue reading

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NASA ‘thrilled’ with Boeing Starliner pad abort test

Boeing cleared a key milestone for launching NASA astronauts on its CST-100 Starliner space taxi today by executing an end-to-end test of its rocket-powered launch abort system — a test that did what it needed to do even though one … Continue reading

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Cargo ship heads to orbit with student satellite

Northrop Grumman launched a robotic Cygnus cargo capsule to the International Space Station today, marking one giant leap for a small satellite built by students at the University of Washington and Seattle’s Raisbeck Aviation High School. The 7-pound HuskySat-1 was among … Continue reading

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First all-female spacewalk team aces repairs

For the first time in history, two women teamed up today for a spacewalk. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir began the operation to fix a faulty electrical power system on the International Space Station at 7:38 a.m. ET … Continue reading

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