Brit Mars bot named while NASA 'nauts must wait a bit longer for a US rocket trip to the ISS

www.theregister.co.uk | 2/8/2019 | Staff
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Roundup Over the past two Earth days, NASA released pics of China's Moon lander, SpaceX saw a Falcon delay to its Crew Dragon and the UK failed to name the ExoMars rover Rover McRoverface.

A year has passed since SpaceX fired up Musk's mighty Falcon Heavy but the Demo-1 mission to show off the company's crew-capable Dragon capsule continues to suffer delays.

NASA - Crew - Office - Things

NASA's commercial crew office has blinked again and admitted that things are going to happen later than it had hoped.

Again.

NASA - Reckons - Testing - Verification - Training

NASA reckons that more testing, verification, reviewing and training is needed before any blue touchpaper can be lit.

The slip gives both Boeing and SpaceX a little more breathing space to get their oft-delayed orbital jalopies ready to be flung off the Earth. SpaceX's Demo-1 is now aiming for 2 March while Boeing's flight has slipped into April.

Companies - Abort - Demonstration - SpaceX - Flight

Both companies still need to perform an abort demonstration. SpaceX's earliest crewed flight will now be – maybe – July 2019 while Boeing is targeting August. NASA will then decide when operational flights to the International Space Station (ISS) can take place.

The sooner the better as far as the US agency is concerned – it has had to pony up more cash for additional seats on Russian rockets as timelines keep slipping.

US - 'nauts - Ride - Space - NASA

While US 'nauts continue to wait for a domestic ride into space, NASA's long-lived Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) snapped a shot of China's Chang'e 4 lander on the floor of the 186km (116 mile) diameter Von Kármán crater.

LRO was designed as a precursor for robotic and crewed missions to the lunar surface, with its data used for planning purposes. It has enjoyed multiple mission extensions during its nine-year lifespan and has photographed the Apollo landing sites, but the hoped-for US robotic surface missions have yet to put in an appearance.

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