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GAO Urges NASA to Take More Action in Major Program Scheduling

The Government Accountability Office has assessed the scheduling of NASA’s efforts to manage major human space exploration systems. GAO said Wednesday that it's looking into the space agency’s development activities of the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System rocket and Exploration Ground Systems.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Providing Update on First Artemis Lunar Mission on Aug. 15th

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine will meet with members of the Space Launch System (SLS) program on Thursday, Aug. 15th to discuss and view progress on the rocket and take questions from media at 11:30 a.m. CDT in front of SLS's 212-foot-tall core stage. 

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA to Move Forward With SLS Rocket Static-Fire Tests

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine said in a statement that the agency will push through with static-fire tests of the Space Launch System which will support the planned 2024 moon mission, Space News reported Thursday. “The Green Run acceptance test gives NASA the confidence needed to know the new core stage will perform again and again as it is intended,” noted Lisa Bates, SLS deputy stages manager at NASA.

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NASA Vet Lisa Watson-Morgan Named Human Landing System Program Manager

Lisa Watson-Morgan, a three-decade NASA veteran, has been appointed manager of a program to facilitate the development of a lunar lander to support manned missions to the moon by 2024 as part of the space agency’s Artemis program. NASA said Monday that Watson-Morgan will oversee the development and testing of landing platforms and manage the integration of such systems with the Orion crew vehicle as part of her duties as Human Landing System program manager.

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Jim Bridenstine: NASA to Work With US Gov’t for Artemis Mission Budget

Jim Bridenstine, an administrator at NASA, said the agency is working to validate potential costs for the Artemis crewed lunar exploration mission, Space News reported Wednesday. Bridenstine noted that the mission will cost between $20B to $30B and expenses may reach below the said range depending on the amount of contributions from commercial firms.

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Core Stage of SLS Rocket for Lunar Mission Nears Completion

NASA and Boeing have assembled 80 percent of the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket to bring the Orion spacecraft to the moon as part of the Artemis 1 mission. The agency said Monday that the milestone comes after crews connected the hydrogen fuel tank to the SLS core stage’s upper part, which consists of the intertank, liquid oxygen propellant tank and the forward skirt housing the rocket’s flight computers.

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NASA to Retain 2020 SLS Launch Sched if Requirements Met; Bill Hill Quoted

NASA will still lift off the Space Launch System by 2020 if the vehicle's core stage is completed within this year and tests go according to schedule, Space News reported Wednesday. The space agency intends to retain the 2020 launch schedule amid static-fire test plans for SLS' core stage.

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NASA Completes Another Space Launch System Test

NASA conducted another test of its Space Launch System vehicle configuration at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., where the agency assessed the space vehicle’s aerodynamics through a set of wind tunnel tests, NASASpaceFlight.com reported Tuesday. The space agency launched 700 supersonic test runs using the SLS Block 1 Cargo vehicle at a speed of Mach 1.5 to 4.5.

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