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Commercial Space Flight General / Re: GLXP Update Thread
« Last post by meberbs on Today at 03:09 PM »
So if there is "no there, there" (flight-ready lander hardware) from Bob Richards and Moon Express, then the recent successful orbital launch of the first Electron LV from Rocket Lab would seem to make no difference.

I thought I saw that Moon Express was still pushing that Electron launch by 31st March 2018.  No?

Anyone have insight into that?

Best and most recent insight I have seen into Moon express is from NASA's Lunar Catalyst program.

It looks like the passed TRR (test readiness review) for component radiation testing back in September.

By now they are supposed to have:
-vacuum engine tests
-start manufacturing
-structural tests

In February:
-Avionics integration
-TVAC

And finally launch readiness review in May.

Putting aside that the Jan/Feb part of the schedule seems ridiculously compressed, it looks like even back in September the expectation did not allow for launching before the X-prize deadline. (Interestingly, they plan launch 2 just 6 months after launch 1.)
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ISS Section / Re: ISS U.S. EVA-47 - January 23, 2018
« Last post by centaurinasa on Today at 03:08 PM »
Now, they Release of the last 2 EDFs of the spare LEE.
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Tweet from Jeff Foust puts the launch at NET March 2018.
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Garrett Skrobot, NASA: our Venture Class Launch Services contract with Rocket Lab is schedule for no earlier than March 2018. Will launch 14 cubesats. #TRBAM
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/950087826363834368

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ISS Section / Re: ISS U.S. EVA-47 - January 23, 2018
« Last post by centaurinasa on Today at 03:05 PM »
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ISS Section / Re: ISS U.S. EVA-47 - January 23, 2018
« Last post by centaurinasa on Today at 03:03 PM »
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ISS Section / Re: ISS U.S. EVA-47 - January 23, 2018
« Last post by centaurinasa on Today at 03:02 PM »
The two LEEs together....
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General Discussion / Re: Flight crew assignments
« Last post by ZachS09 on Today at 03:00 PM »
Look, guys: I understand that it's disappointing for Jeanette Epps to have been removed from the Soyuz-MS 09 crew, but on the bright side, she's still eligible for future missions. Plus, we have another astronaut from the same astronaut corps (NASA #20) that's filling in that empty seat.

So, why don't we just move past this issue and focus on more important stuff?
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ISS Section / Re: ISS U.S. EVA-47 - January 23, 2018
« Last post by centaurinasa on Today at 02:58 PM »
reinstalling it on "New" LEE-B
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Blue Origin / Re: Blue Origin's BE-4 Engine
« Last post by Chasm on Today at 02:58 PM »
As far as I can tell ULA did only one PDR, and that was not for the AR-1 engine.
Explicitly for the BE4, in the Vulcan (Common) Centaur configuration at the time.

[ULA press release, March 2016]

The introduction of Centaur V makes tracking the CDR(s) a bit more complex to track
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ISS Section / Russian NEM-2 module for tourism
« Last post by lucspace on Today at 02:58 PM »
A deal is said to have been reached with Boeing: https://www.kp.ru/daily/26784.5/3818455/
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