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Trump says India, US will together explore stars & space, hails Chandrayaan-2 mission

NEW DELHI: Giving an indication of a joint space programme with India in coming years, US President Donald Trump, during his speech at the world’s largest stadium Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, said the “US and India will be friends and partners on a voyage to stars and space”. He also hailed Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission.

The US president said, “America is looking forward to expanding space exploration with India as you (India) are pushing the limits, including in the realms of human spaceflight (Gaganyaan). That is a great thing.” Hailing Chandrayaan-2 mission, Trump said, “You are making exciting progress on your Chandrayaan lunar programme. It is moving along rapidly far ahead of schedule. It is truly extraordinary what this nation has achieved… under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi.”

According to US space experts, data and images of Moon’s south pole region from Chandrayaan’s orbiter will help US space agency Nasa plan its 2024 Armetius manned…

Commerce Department seeks big funding boost for Office of Space Commerce

WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department is once again requesting a large budget increase for its Office of Space Commerce in order to work on space traffic management activities after Congress rejected a similar request last year.

Parts of the department’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal were not released with the rest of the White House’s budget request Feb. 10. However, the section for “Departmental Management,” which covers the Office of Space Commerce, was released by Feb. 14.

That proposal, like the one for fiscal year 2020, seeks to combine the Office of Space Commerce with the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs (CRSRA) office, and moved the combined office from NOAA, where both offices currently reside, to directly under the Secretary of Commerce.

The Commerce Department is seeking $15 million for the combined office in 2021, up from the 2020 request of $10 million. Congress, however, rejected both the proposed spending and the request to combine the offices, giving CR…

SpaceX Crew Dragon arrives at launch site for the 1st orbital crew flight from US soil since 2011

Crew Dragon may get off the ground in early May.

The spacecraft that will fly SpaceX's first-ever crewed mission has made it to Florida.

A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule arrived on Florida's Space Coast on Thursday (Feb. 13), NASA officials said, completing a cross-country trek from the company's California headquarters.

"The spacecraft now will undergo final testing and prelaunch processing in a SpaceX facility on nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station," NASA officials said in an update.

Technicians at a SpaceX processing facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station can now start prepping the vehicle for the launch that will kick off Demo-2, a historic test mission that will send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station (ISS).

That liftoff is targeted for early May from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, which is next door to Cape Canaveral.

Demo-2 will mark the first crewed flight for Crew Dragon, and the first orbita…

Trump's next budget could give NASA a huge funding windfall

The money would help fulfill dreams of returning to the Moon.
If NASA is going to fulfill its goal of returning to the Moon by 2024, it's going to need a lot of money in very short order -- and that might be forthcoming. The Trump administration is proposing one of the largest NASA budgets in years as part of its latest budget, earmarking $25 billion for the space agency versus the $19 billion from the first year of the administration and $22 billion for this year. Nearly $3 billion of that would be devoted to creating the vehicles needed for the Artemis program. The budget is also poised to outline Artemis' complete costs and provide a clearer roadmap for the 2024 mission.

The problem, of course, is that budgets need congressional approval -- and there's no guarantee the budget will go through Congress unaltered. A House subcommittee recently put forward a bill that would push the Moon landing to 2028 and shift the focus to a Mars orbital mission in 2033. And it wouldn…

Robert Zubrin-The Apostle of Space

In the aerospace community of the now, there is an irrepressible feeling of optimism. A bevy of bright-eyed scientists, engineers, and investors have upended the high launch costs and low volume of traditional spaceflight at every turn. SpaceX’s accomplishments with its Falcon 9 and ambitious plans for its fully reusable heavy lift rocket system are the most prominent example, but far from the only one. Blue Origin. Virgin Galactic. Companies large and small step onto the stage with radical plans to catch rockets with helicopters for later reuse, use colossal 3d printers to reduce complexity, or to put mass production and launch flexibility at the forefront of the rocket industry practically every other month. Some of the richest and most powerful people on Earth are seriously involved in planning the colonization of Mars, harvesting resources from asteroids, building entire cities in space. At first glance, this explosion of interest and action feels as if it came from nowhere-but it…

Trump touts Space Force, moon and Mars plans in State of the Union address

And a gallery guest was a kid with Space Force ambitions.
During the nearly 80-minute speech, Trump touted the recent establishment of the Space Force — the first new U.S. military branch to be stood up since the Air Force in 1947 — as one of his administration's key accomplishments thus far.

And one of the president's special guests for the State of the Union, which is held every year in the House of Representatives chamber of the U.S. Capitol building, was a kid with Space Force dreams.

"In the gallery tonight, we have a young gentleman," Trump said. "And what he wants so badly — 13 years old — Iain Lanphier, he is an eighth-grader from Arizona. Iain, please stand up. Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was the first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy, and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, 'Most people look up at space; I want to look down on the world.'&qu…

Great-Grandson of Tuskegee Airman Wants to Join Space Force

He's only 13, but he's already got his eye on joining the nation's newest military branch.

Meet Iain Lanphier, the Scottsdale, Arizona 8th-grader who attended the State of the Union Address Tuesday night as one of President Donald Trump's special guests. Lanphier got a standing ovation in the packed House of Representatives as Trump introduced him.

"Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy," Trump said. "He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy, and then, he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, 'most people look up at space, I want to look down on the world.'"

Lanphier has already distinguished himself, last year becoming the top graduate of the Aerospace Career Education program, sponsored by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, according to a biography published by the White House. But he also comes from a distinguished line of trailblazers.