Space news you may have missed over the past week (Sept. 19) | Space


Federal watchdog warns that NASA’s SLS rocket is unaffordable, the agency agrees.

A federal watchdog agency tasked with government spending oversight took aim again at NASA’s multibillion-dollar Space Launch System rocket, the backbone of the agency’s lunar-focused Artemis program.

Senior NASA officials agreed, admitting to the U.S. Government Accountability Office “that at current cost levels, the SLS program is unaffordable,” the report said.

It also laid out NASA’s short-term plan of four action items that could help to reign in the costs of the world’s most powerful rocket.

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NASA appoints a director of UAP research to study unexplained aerial sightings

NASA should play a prominent role in the U.S. government’s effort to understand “unidentified anomalous phenomena” — popularly known as UFOs — by leveraging its expertise in an evidence-based approach rooted in the scientific method, according to a report released Thursday.

NASA officials did not divulge the director of UAP research’s identity during Thursday’s media briefing, citing harassment and threats received by the study team. Thursday afternoon, the agency issued a press release announcing Mark McInerney as the appointee.

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SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites late Friday from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

Another 230-foot SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off Friday night at 11:38 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station with 22 Starlink internet satellites.

Following stage separation, roughly 8½ minutes after liftoff, the first stage landed on the Just Read the Instructions drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

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SpaceX expansion will claim more wetlands and scrub habitat at Kennedy Space Center

Some wetlands and scrub habitat at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center are slated to make way for continued SpaceX expansion.

SpaceX proposes to expand its Roberts Road Operations Area within Kennedy Space Center,…

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