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What About Those Fading Batteries On SLS CubeSats?
What About Those Fading Batteries On SLS CubeSats?

Keith’s note: Once upon a time NASA was quick to hype the use of SLS as a platform for launching cubesat payloads. But Artemis launch delays have threatened to fly with dead/dying cubesat batteries. Based on media briefing comments NASA doesn’t seem to be especially interested in making sure that these payloads have good batteries. So much for the hype.

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  • NASA Watch
  • September 2, 2022
Artemis I Is On Its Launch Pad
Artemis I Is On Its Launch Pad

On Wednesday at around 7:30 a.m. EDT the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission arrived atop Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida after a nearly 10-hour journey from the Vehicle Assembly Building. More: Artemis I Moon Rocket Arrives at Launch Pad

  • NASA Watch
  • August 17, 2022
NASA's Latest Launch Date Guesses For SLS

Years late, billions over budget, and after multiple paint jobs, #NASA says that the latest notional 2022 launch dates for #Artemis 1 are 29 Aug, 2 Sep, and 5 Sep #CaveatEmptor pic.twitter.com/R7AzJM3DTc — NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) July 20, 2022

  • NASA Watch
  • July 20, 2022
OIG: NASA Is Not In Compliance With The Payment Integrity Information Act
OIG: NASA Is Not In Compliance With The Payment Integrity Information Act

NASA GAO Report: NASA’s Compliance with the Payment Integrity Information Act for Fiscal Year 2021 “We found that NASA was not in compliance with PIIA for FY 2021 because it did not publish improper payment estimates for the Space Launch Sy stem (SLS) program in the accompanying materials to the AFR as required by the statute. In our FY 2019 improper payment compliance audit, we reported that NASA failed to […]

  • NASA Watch
  • June 28, 2022
NASA OIG Report On ML-2: What A Fine Mess
NASA OIG Report On ML-2: What A Fine Mess

NASA OIG: NASA’s Management Of The Mobile Launcher 2 Contract “The ML-2’s substantial cost increases and schedule delays can be attributed primarily to Bechtel’s poor performance on the contract, with more than 70 percent ($421.1 million) of the contract’s cost increases and over 1.5 years of delays related to its performance. For example, Bechtel underestimated the ML-2 project’s scope and complexity, experienced ML-2 weight management challenges, and experienced staffing turnover […]

  • NASA Watch
  • June 9, 2022
(Update) NASA Just Told Congress That Webb Has Not Been Launched Yet
(Update) NASA Just Told Congress That Webb Has Not Been Launched Yet

Statement by NASA Administrator Nelson – Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations United States Senate, NASA “Later this year, NASA will launch the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb), the largest and most complex space science observatory ever built. Webb is an infrared telescope designed to observe the farthest objects, broadening and transforming our understanding of the early universe. It will see the light from the […]

  • NASA Watch
  • May 4, 2022
NASA Is Rolling SLS Back To The Barn For Repairs
NASA Is Rolling SLS Back To The Barn For Repairs

NASA to Discuss Status of Artemis I Moon Mission “Due to upgrades required at an off-site supplier of gaseous nitrogen used for the test, NASA will take advantage of the opportunity to roll SLS and Orion back to the Vehicle Assembly Building to replace a faulty upper stage check valve and a small leak on the tail service mast umbilical. During that time, the agency also will review schedules and […]

  • NASA Watch
  • April 17, 2022
NASA Mega Moon Rocket Tanking Test Fails – Again
NASA Mega Moon Rocket Tanking Test Fails – Again

Artemis I WDR Update: Third Test Attempt Concluded, NASA “Teams concluded today’s wet dress rehearsal test at approximately 5:10 p.m. EDT after observing a liquid hydrogen (LH2) leak on the tail service mast umbilical, which is located at the base of the mobile launcher and connects to the rocket’s core stage. The leak was discovered during liquid hydrogen loading operations and prevented the team from completing the test. Before ending […]

  • NASA Watch
  • April 14, 2022
NASA Is Moving The Goal Posts (Yet Again) On SLS
NASA Is Moving The Goal Posts (Yet Again) On SLS

Artemis I Wet Dress Rehearsal Update “NASA is planning to proceed with a modified wet dress rehearsal, primarily focused on tanking the core stage, and minimal propellant operations on the interim cryogenic propulsion stage (ICPS) with the ground systems at Kennedy. Due to the changes in loading procedures required for the modified test, wet dress rehearsal testing is slated to resume with call to stations on Tuesday, April 12 and […]

  • NASA Watch
  • April 11, 2022
NASA Stops SLS Test Before It Happens (Again)
NASA Stops SLS Test Before It Happens (Again)

NASA to Discuss Final Test Status Today Before Artemis Moon Mission “NASA will hold a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today on Tuesday, April 5, to provide another update on the final major test with the agency’s mega Moon rocket and Orion spacecraft at the launch pad ahead of the uncrewed Artemis I lunar mission. Audio of the teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website.” Artemis I Wet […]

  • NASA Watch
  • April 5, 2022