Eric Berger of Ars Technica joins me to talk about the budgetary threat facing Mars Sample Return, the latest issue with ULA’s Vulcan vehicle, and the ongoing tweaks to the National Security Space Launch Program’s Phase 3 architecture.
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- Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) / Twitter
- Eric Berger | Ars Technica
- NASA’s Mars Sample Return has a new price tag—and it’s colossal | Ars Technica
- The Senate just lobbed a tactical nuke at NASA’s Mars Sample Return program | Ars Technica
- Vulcan’s upper stage failed due to higher stress and weaker welds | Ars Technica
- Space Force to select three providers of national security launch services - SpaceNews
- National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 3 DRAFT Request for Proposals (RFPs) #2
- Stephen Clark | Ars Technica
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