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Will Boeing Ever Fly A Crew To ISS?
Will Boeing Ever Fly A Crew To ISS?

Keith’s note: NASA just gave SpaceX 5 more crew flights to the ISS for a total of 14 contracted flights. Boeing has yet to fly a crew – its first Starliner crew flight has been pushed back again until next year. Other than redundancy, does NASA really need Boeing’s capability at this point?

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  • NASA Watch
  • September 1, 2022
NASA Is Looking For Ways To Deorbit ISS
NASA Is Looking For Ways To Deorbit ISS

NASA released a request for information (International Space Station Deorbit Capability) from U.S. industry for capabilities to contribute to safely deorbiting the International Space Station as part of its planned retirement after 2030.

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  • NASA Watch
  • August 19, 2022
NASA Updates The Right Stuff
NASA Updates The Right Stuff

NASA Requirements Updates for Private Astronaut Missions “In preparation for future announcements for additional private astronaut mission (PAM) flight opportunities, NASA is making the community aware of requirement updates that have been made since the last PAM solicitation based on lessons learned identified upon completion of the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, spaceflight participant (SFP) activities, and other recent civilian-crew spaceflight. These updates will be documented […]

  • NASA Watch
  • August 2, 2022
And Today's Russia Leaving ISS Date Is …
And Today's Russia Leaving ISS Date Is …

Russia to NASA: Sticking with space station until at least 2028, Reuters “Russian space officials told their U.S. counterparts that Moscow expects to remain on the International Space Station at least until their own outpost in orbit is built in 2028, NASA’s space operations chief told Reuters. The assurance on Tuesday from Russia came after the newly appointed head of its space agency, Roscosmos, surprised NASA earlier in the day […]

  • NASA Watch
  • July 27, 2022
NASAWatch on BBC World Service: Russia's ISS Plans

Keith Cowing · NASAWatch on BBC World Service: Is Russia Leaving ISS? Keith’s note: I got this from NASA PAO at 5:11 pm EDT: “NASA is committed to the safe operation of the International Space Station through 2030, and is coordinating with our partners. NASA has not been made aware of decisions from any of the partners, though we are continuing to build future capabilities to assure our major presence […]

  • NASA Watch
  • July 26, 2022
Russia Says It Is Leaving ISS After 2024

Russia says they're done with ISS in 2024. Let's see what they say next week. They have no money for their own station, China doesn't need them, and they are currently an international pariah due to the #Ukraine invasion – hardly a strong bargaining position. Just sayin' #ISSRDC pic.twitter.com/qPKfOoasTg — NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 26, 2022 Russia To Quit International Space Station “After 2024”, NDTV “I think that by this […]

  • NASA Watch
  • July 26, 2022
Russia Is Using ISS For Overt Propaganda

FYI @Rogozin “NASA strongly rebukes Russia using the International Space Station for political purposes to support its war against Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/mCJoGQw3xM — NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 7, 2022 Keith’s note: Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergey Korsakov posed with a flag of the Luhansk People’s Republic on the International Space Station. NASA’s response: “NASA strongly rebukes Russia using the International Space Station for political purposes to support its war […]

  • NASA Watch
  • July 7, 2022
Rogozin Continues To Insert Ukraine War Politics Into ISS

Hey @SenBillNelson – since @Rogozin and @Roscosmos are using the ISS program for various forms of invasion propaganda perhaps @NASA can offer to fly an astronaut from #Ukraine – they are an #Artemis Accord signatory after all. Just a thought. https://t.co/CEy5jtqIPj — NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) June 13, 2022

  • NASA Watch
  • June 13, 2022
CASIS Is Still Broken And No One Really Cares
CASIS Is Still Broken And No One Really Cares

GAO: International Space Station: Opportunities Exist to Improve Communication with National Laboratory Users “CASIS officials have not obtained input from the advisory committee on how to allocate laboratory resources, even though the committee is chartered to advise CASIS on resource utilization. CASIS officials stated they have not obtained this input for several reasons, including that the committee is unlikely to provide a consensus perspective. However, a lack of consensus does […]

  • NASA Watch
  • June 7, 2022
NASA Picks Two Space Suit Contractors
NASA Picks Two Space Suit Contractors

NASA Partners with Industry for New Spacewalking, Moonwalking Services “NASA has selected Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to advance spacewalking capabilities in low-Earth orbit and at the Moon, by buying services that provide astronauts with next generation spacesuit and spacewalk systems to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars.” Spacesuits aboard station declared a “no-go” pending analysis […]

  • NASA Watch
  • June 1, 2022
Russia Uses ISS Resupply Rocket To Spread False Ukraine Propaganda

Keith’s note: According to the NASA TV schedule: “Friday, June 3 5:15 a.m. – Coverage of the launch of the ISS Progress 81 cargo craft (Launch scheduled at 5:32 a.m. EDT)” Apparently NASA is going to air live video that clearly shows a rocket with Russian propaganda regarding the war in Ukraine on its side in immense, hard to miss lettering. Really NASA? The Soyuz 2.1A rocket with Progress MS-20 […]

  • NASA Watch
  • May 31, 2022
Starliner Glides Back To Earth
Starliner Glides Back To Earth

Boeing And NASA Complete The First Starliner Space Station Flight Test, Boeing “Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft landed at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico at 5:49 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday 25 May. The safe return to Earth brings a close to the successful end-to-end uncrewed orbital flight test that was flown to demonstrate the quality and performance of the transportation system prior to crewed flights. […]

  • NASA Watch
  • May 25, 2022
Boeing's Starliner Is Back In Space – And Docked With ISS
Boeing's Starliner Is Back In Space – And Docked With ISS

Keith’s update: Starliner docked with the ISS on Friday night. Boeing Starliner Launches To The International Space Station, NASA “Starliner lifted off on NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) at 6:54 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Following an orbital insertion burn 31 minutes later, Starliner was on its way for a rendezvous and docking with the space station.” Starliner enters orbit, […]

  • NASA Watch
  • May 20, 2022