167: Back in the VAB
Tue, April 19, 2022
Podchat Summary
In this episode, the hosts discuss the latest developments in the space industry. They start by talking about the Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which has identified Uranus and Enceladus as the top priorities for future planetary missions. Although the survey is not binding, it is influential in shaping future missions. The hosts then move on to discuss the delays and setbacks experienced by the SLS (Space Launch System), including a faulty check valve and a leak on the mobile launch tower. The SLS will be rolled back into the Vehicle Assembly Building for repairs and upgrades, but the timing of the launch is uncertain. The hosts also provide an update on Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, which is back on schedule for its second orbital flight test on May 19th. Finally, the hosts discuss the repercussions of the war between Russia and Ukraine in the space industry, with companies cutting ties with Russia and projects being put on hold. They speculate that Russia may pivot towards a closer relationship with China in the space industry.
Original Show Notes
The SLS has enjoyed some Florida sunshine but is headed back to the VAB for more work. This time, Stephen and Jason catch up on NASA's new rocket, plus some other news.
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