To start, there’s exciting news! My son is due at the end of August, and so I’ll be taking some time off after he arrives. Before that, I wanted to check in on two storylines.
Professional shit-stirrer Dmitry Rogozin made it pretty clear that Russia is not interested in the Artemis Program, while various countries around the world partner with NASA on it. And we’re only a few weeks out from the NSSL Phase 2 awards and there is some related budgetary considerations being debated, so it’s a good time to circle back on that.
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- Rogozin Not Interested in Cooperating with U.S. on Lunar Program, Prefers China – SpacePolicyOnline.com
- Space Exploration Transcends All Terrestrial Borders – Administrator Jim Bridenstine
- NASA Administrator Signs Declaration of Intent with Japan on Artemis | NASA
- Building the next Canadarm - Canada.ca
- Australian Government Commits to Join NASA in Lunar Exploration | NASA
- NASA Artemis Accords
- Episode T+158: Doug Loverro Resigns, and a Bit About the Artemis Accords - Main Engine Cut Off
- Air Force awards launch vehicle development contracts to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, ULA - SpaceNews
- ULA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman submit bids for national security launch procurement contract - SpaceNews
- Smith encouraged by Senate NDAA proposal to increase funding for space launch technology - SpaceNews
- Independent study of launch market says U.S. Air Force should support three domestic providers - SpaceNews
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