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More Space Centers Forced into Closure Due to Corona

Many space exploration companies are on a roll to allow its workers to operate from home. The industry with an approximated value of $400 billion is one of the many sectors that will see a shift in operations to working while at home. Experts speculate that this plan will not bring a delay to anything new. The industry is also increasing its planning to have itself situated for a substantial number of jobs taking place from domestic places. However, there are concerns that these policies may impede the growth and development of the industry at large.

NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Blue Origin, among others, are only a few examples of the companies which have integrated the limit on corporate voyages to space. The agencies have inculcated special reorganizing activities and use the shifting of individual staff members to remote network regions. However, provided the coronavirus outbreak ensues, it will almost be impossible to develop multiple satellites and make software for specialized machines all while operating on research teams. The United States confirmed that the Johns Hopkins University

There is, however, no definite plan of action at the moment concerning the shift to cater for work from home. According to leader of NASA science division, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, the steps to have the plans come to realization are not yet in place 

In a posting made by the space agency’s Marshal Space center situated in Huntsville, Alabama, the center revealed that an employee tested for a positive match for the coronavirus. The outcome forced the center to call off all operations, citing a lockdown save for selected personnel scheduled for space missions explorations. At the moment, the center is recorded as a Stage 3 region prompting minimal access to the site. All non-essential employees are required to be off the grounds

Jody Singer, who is the current director at Marshall, assured the employees that all was well. The workers are expected to go home with a set of instructions to follow suit. 

The Marshall Space Center is among one of the space centers to close following the closure of the Ames Space center after an employee’s tests returned positive.  Ames Space Center is currently registered as a “Phase 3” site joining the ranks of other regions. The Ames center had a workplace coronavirus check during the week, but the NASA official explained that the center’s sensitivity remains minimal at the time though further tests are set to set matters straight definitively

The Initial Astra Flight for DARPA Launch Contest scheduled to launch on Saturday

A spaceflight company of California pursues to win the $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge is currently set for Saturday, February 29, following a delay of four days.

Astra which is a startup located in the Bay Area had targeted to launch its initial orbital operation on Tuesday, February 25 from the Pacific Spaceport Complex based in Alaska, as a component of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) send-off challenge, however, unfavorable weather intervened, resulting to a delay. 

According to the website of the DARPA Launch Challenge, Astra is currently aiming for the launch to be held on Saturday, for the duration of a three-hour window that avails at 3:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT).

The company was famous for working in almost total secrecy. Very few information was known about their spaceships, launch attempts, and tests. The only unrestricted Astra spaceship sighting was by news aircraft in early 2018. Their initial spaceship called Rocket 1.0 was seeing being ready for an experiment at the ex-Naval Air Station Alameda located in California. Nevertheless, Astra lately came out of the gloom and has given some of the details about their missions.

As a result of a major winter weather occasion anticipated to affect the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska on 2/25, the subsequently available launch window for the @DARPA #LaunchChallenge would be unwavering when the circumstances get better, and the countdown clock of the launch would be tuned accordingly.

The Lunch Challenge of DARPA targets to encourage the development of private American spaceships that can launch little military satellites less costly, effectively, and regularly. The challenge calls for two send-offs on the short note and a fast turnaround. The initial timeline requested for the new 38-foot long Rocket 3.0 of Astra to launch the initial operation between February 25 and March 1 and the subsequent by March 18.

A triumphant initial launch would award the syndicate $2 million, and on top of that, the subsequent launch would give a supplementary of $10 million.

Astra was invented in the year 2016. However, it only came out of stealth mode in the current month. Meanwhile, the company has conducted various ground tests; it has not yet launched an orbital operation.

Eighteen syndicates showed interest in the Launch Challenge of DARPA after its announcement in the year 2018; however, only three syndicates namely, Virgin Orbit, Astra and Vector Launch enhanced to become full contestants. Astra is the only company still pursuing the prize.

Here are the space business predictions for the year 2020

 

Back in the year 2019, the Space Force of the United States of America was officially established, NASA got a deadline of 2024 for returning America astronauts to the surface of the moon and private syndicates the globe over contributed billions of dollars to cater for ever y thing, starting from the spaceships to antennas. There is no sign of a let-up in the current year in the sector of space momentum. The following are twenty forecasts for the year 2020, as observed by SpaceNews journalists and correspondents.

Suborbital space sightseeing eventually reaches

After several years of delaying, both leading syndicates in human suborbital spaceflight might eventually join commercial missions. Virgin Galactic strategizes on moving VSS Unity, its rocket two suborbital space planes, to the America Spaceport located in New Mexico early in the current year for the last test flight series. The syndicate that became openly traded in October stated in fillings it anticipates commencing tourism flights by June. Blue Origin noted in the early days of 2019 that it is expected to begin crewed flight tests of its new Sheppard suborbital car before the end of the year. However, administrators later stated that it needed to execute a few more flight tests first without astronauts aboard. The syndicate has yet to unveil information regarding when the astronauts will begin commercial flights on the car and for what cost.

A flotilla of the Red Planet operations takes off

As much as four Red Planet operations are set for a send-off in the current year; the most determined activities are the NASA’s Red Planet 2020 rover that would gather samples for homecoming on two missions in the first half of 2020 in collaboration with ESA. The main question, although, surround ExoMars 2020 operation of ESA that suffered difficulties with its parachutes. A first set of tests near the beginning of the current year would decide if the operation could launch on a Russian Proton spaceship during the forthcoming summer or if it would have to linger until the year 2022. China is strategizing on its initial Red Planet mission, which would comprise an orbiter as well as a rover and a lander. The United Arab Emirates would send off its initial planetary operation, a Red Planet orbiter named Hope, on H-2A space ship belonging to Japan. Assuming they send off on set, all the spaceship would reach the Red Planet in the early days of 2021.

NASA agency requests more funds to be able to accelerate its operations

The President of the United States of America gave a statement requesting Congress to allow for an additional allocation of funds towards NASA’s efforts in space exploration. These funds would boost the NASA space exploration program Artemis in its mandate to scout the deep space. The mission is part of a lunar landing schedule that the agency set for 2024 and a further Mars landing happening later on in the program. 

However, things are not as smooth as they seem with the Artemis program as NASA’s administrative head has been in the spotlight over the running of the operation. NASA chief Executive Jim Bridenstine managed to tactfully maneuver out of a probe that seeks to establish the agency’s purported spending on the Artemis and what outcomes have been achieved so far in terms of performance. Regarding the Artemis program probe, Bridenstine turned the information seekers’ attention towards the slow budgeting process and the prospects that lay in the new document.

However, the document recently reached congressional hearing and managed to raise interests. It comes with concern to the readers that the report looks to examine the expense as a wholesome mission instead of focusing on the Artemis budgetary expense program. 

Congress will, however, want to know how much the Artemis moon landing has consumed since its launch. A look into the included budgetary allocation in the document shows that the program will consist of an $8.8 billion funding for the current year and a planned budget of $12.4billion for the next year. The space agency is also set to receive a potential increase in funding to $13.3 billion for 2022 while a scheduled 2023 $15.8billion budgetary allocation. The subsequent year, 2024, would see a decrease in the space agency’s spending to $15.3billion with subsequent drops in fiscal distribution to $13.5billion for the year 2025.

According to the plans laid out by NASA, the space agency would need a total of $87billion in an elongated period of 10 years. However, NASA speculates that the money, when allocated, will be used to get the agency a sure footing on the moon. Should the NASA Artemis program become a success, humanity will have achieved to build a space-based colony in terms of an operation base on the moon. NASA plans to use the station as a stopover for deep space voyages. Should the allocation go through, the agency will be on a timeline to have its program cleared in due time 

Newly Launched Space Force a Source of Questions

Security is perhaps an essential modern-day commodity. Its usefulness cannot be overstated enough. With the constant spread to intergalactic and deep space travel, preparation for the unknown is the essential part of innovation

Enter the Space Force, the American answer to interplanetary threats from the galaxy. Up until recently, space travel was a high and dandy affair, however possible risks from other life forms. However, the real question to ask is not what but why. With the establishment of such a force, it forces them to ask what the objective of such a force will be

According to America, the Space Force will be the United States first frontier line of defense in case of threats from space. The authority will also be tasked with representing the interests of the United States in space-based matters against opposing forces like Russia and China

Yet the primary role of the Space Force is not known. Recent postings online show that the force already has a uniform in place. The logo consists of a space photo of blue earth; with two infer crossing white likes at obtuse angles. The uniform will be an original camouflage design that comes with a blue space US Space Force badge on the torso area and a full American flag on the left shoulder

This era has been particularly suitable for the Space Force after it received its very first general, Gen John Jay Raymond, as the chief of space operations. He has reported that this new branch is expected to be a tech induced force

According to US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, countries have been warring if out since time immemorial. The move solidifies the space to tier as a means of defending the interests of the American public

In a speech after his confirmation as the Chief of Space Operations, John Raymond took the opportunity to be grateful for the new task ahead

However, word has it that the security force is a brainchild of a rogue statement made by President Donald Trump in 2018 March. Experts divulge that the space force indeed providers the notion that rye United States is farther ahead in tyre space race compared to its rivals

As the situation is at the moment, the space force is still in its initial stages. However, there is high speculation that the force will grow. The Space Force has full backing from trumps deferral government and space agency NASA

NASA plans to send astronauts to the moon before Martian Mission

Before proceeding with the mission to the Red Planet, NASA has come up with a newly designed plan to land humans back on the moon. Following that, will the mission to Mars will be planned accordingly. Read More