Phillip Sloss has just uploaded a new video concerning Artemis III, the SLS contract and the GAO's annual report:


Artemis is on uncertainty watch as questions about the future linger. The long-term outlook for SLS production is uncertain because there's no deal yet for a new contract and NASA isn't commenting on negotiations. The near-term outlook for Artemis III is uncertain with only two years to go before Axiom, Orion, SLS, and Starship all need to be either ready to launch or already launching. Two years isn't that long a time, and if NASA wants to go a different route for the mission, is there enough time to plan and prepare for something else?
While we're counting all the question marks for those subjects, the Government Accounting Office released their annual assessment of NASA projects, which includes several useful notes and provides additional context to recent updates.
All that is covered in this video, along with a new SLS Block 1B render that finally shows an all-white EUS.
Imagery is courtesy of NASA, except where noted.
00:31 SLS production contract uncertainty continues
04:56 Boeing apparently not interested in NSSL Phase 3 a long time ago
06:59 Is a LEO alternative for Artemis III really possible in 2026?
12:29 Publication of GAO's annual assessment of NASA major projects
19:43 All-white Exploration Upper Stage debut in public graphics
20:45 Thanks for watching!
 
According ars Technica

Collins will likely end its participation in the Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services, or xEVAS contract.
Leaving only AXIOM Space as provider for xEVAS Suits
Unclear how far the SpaceX EVA suit will replace Collins in xEVAS, contract.

 
Phillip Sloss has uploaded his second quarterly update report Artemis II, III and IV:


This video updates what is known about the current status of NASA Artemis II, III, IV assembly, planning, and preparations at the end of the 2nd quarter of 2024. The update goes over the status of Exploration Ground Systems, Orion, and Space Launch System programs as they work to complete upgrades and resolve issues before Artemis II.
The minimal public updates about the current status for the Artemis III lunar landing mission are examined, along with what was updated in the last quarter about the Artemis IV Gateway assembly and lunar landing mission
.Imagery is courtesy of NASA, except where noted.
00:54 Artemis II status
09:21 Artemis II big picture
10:33 Artemis III outlook at the quarter
12:00 Artemis III status
19:48 Artemis III big picture at the quarter
20:34 Artemis IV status
26:27 Artemis IV big picture
27:45 Thanks for watching!
 
Phillip Sloss has just put out a video concerning the build history of the Artemis II first-stage:


This is a deep dive video into the production history of the Space Launch System Core Stage for NASA's Artemis II mission. The stage is finally ready to delivery to the Kennedy Space Center launch site in the next couple of weeks and here we look back at how all the structures and parts were assembled into the 212-foot long centerpiece of the SLS rocket.
In addition the assembly itself, we look at the significant disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hands-on work on the stage was halted for months in 2020 and supply chain effects are still being felt today.
Imagery is courtesy of NASA, except where noted.
For an even deeper dive into the details of assembly, test, and production, here are links to most of the contemporaneous reports I filed for NASASpaceflight.com over the last five years on the Core Stage-2 build:
00:00 Intro
00:55 Overview of the Core Stage-2 build
02:37 Back to the beginning
03:34 Early assembly in 2017-2019
07:44 COVID hits in March 2020 and shuts down production
10:14 Completion dates start to slip in 2021 from COVID supply chain effects
14:15 Final assembly delays after engine section mate in March 2023
17:23 Thanks for watching!
 
Phillip Sloss has uploaded a new video with the latest news concerning Gateway, SLS and Artemis II:


This video catches up on another slow Artemis news week as NASA gets ready to ship the Artemis II SLS Core Stage to its launch site. There were a few pictures released, but not much in the way of details.
A backup NASA astronaut for Artemis II was named, to go along with one for the Canadian Space Agency. NASA astronaut Andre Douglas joins CSA astronaut Jenni Gibbons in training with the four prime crew members, Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, Christina Koch, and Jeremy Hansen, but it's rare for backup crew members to fly.
A new picture of the Gateway HALO module structure was published, along with a couple of renders of the SLS Block 1B vehicle now updated to show its white EUS. NASA also posted a few more images of final shipping preps for Core Stage-2 and there are some interesting background and details to be gleaned from the imagery itself.
At the end there's time in this short update to take a look at the big picture again, with many big questions that go along with it.
Imagery is courtesy of NASA, except where noted.
00:00 Intro
00:44 Astronaut Andre Douglas named as NASA backup crew member for Artemis II
02:00 Artemis II Orion vacuum testing status
02:38 Gateway HALO module structure testing
03:20 NASA slowly updating SLS Block 1B renders with white EUS
04:14 Final preparations for shipping Artemis II Core Stage
07:53 Big picture status
10:31 Thanks for watching!
 
It's cooler to say 'I'm a Fremen' than 'I wear a diaper.'


 
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Our little city has long been getting its water from the river Missouri where all the catfish pee.

Amusing to observe people's facial expressions when you tell them that right after they went "Ewww gross" about water recycling in spaceflight.
 
Our little city has long been getting its water from the river Missouri where all the catfish pee.

Amusing to observe people's facial expressions when you tell them that right after they went "Ewww gross" about water recycling in spaceflight.
And all of the cattle, deer, etc etc that pee and poo in the tributaries of the Mighty Mo all the way to the Rocky mountains.

That's why there is water treatment before it goes into the water mains.
 
And all of the cattle, deer, etc etc that pee and poo in the tributaries of the Mighty Mo all the way to the Rocky mountains.

That's why there is water treatment before it goes into the water mains.
WC Fields said that he never drank water because it rusted pipes and fish made love in it.
 
Always wanted a good book about the Furute,

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Bought misspelled one end of June. Is copyright 2023. Is print on demand at Amazon.


Artemis Resource Utilization: The Future Begins Paperback – November 29, 2023
by Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried (Author)
This book picks up where the three following books left off;
The Artemis Lunar Program: Returning People to the Moon,
The Search for Water on the Moon: Landers and Rovers in the 21st Century, and,
Artemis Base Camp: The First Step
While they described the Artemis Program, they only touched on the fact that NASA would have to explore and discover water ice and develop the capabilities to extract water, oxygen and minerals. They did not fully describe what would be required to actually accomplish this. Just how will the crews find and extract these resources and process them into useful products?

Oh, and Google finds that furute is a word,
 
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Phillip Sloss has just uploaded a short video recapping the Artemis II first-stage rollout:


A quick recap of rollout of the Artemis II SLS Core Stage to begin the journey to its launch site in Florida. It's going to take a little longer to go through the information from today, but in this video I go through what we saw of the rollout, some NASA images that Public Affairs released later in the day.
Imagery is courtesy of NASA, except where noted.
00:00 Intro
00:50 Recap of the rollout
05:42 Thanks for watching!


 
And all of the cattle, deer, etc etc that pee and poo in the tributaries of the Mighty Mo all the way to the Rocky mountains.

That's why there is water treatment before it goes into the water mains.
The Earth's global water cycle is a natural planet wide wastewater treatment system.
 
The Earth's global water cycle is a natural planet wide wastewater treatment system.
Yes... involving water reaching lakes and oceans before evaporating (leaving all the crap behind) and raining down on land elsewhere.

Much of that falls where it is again contaminated, but some falls on mountains and porous flat land elsewhere, and is absorbed by soil and porous rock, which filter the contaminants as the water passes through.

This clean water is either pumped up via human activity and piped off to be used... or comes out naturally in places where the surface is lower than the water-bearing soil/rock. If not taken up within a very short distance, the afore-mentioned wildlife, plus surface run-off water, recontaminates it.
 
Phillip Sloss uploaded another video concerning Artemis II, SLS Michoud tour impressions and the Gateway:


In a week with a lot of Artemis II news, there was also a peek at how assembly of the Artemis III and IV hardware is progressing. The SLS Core Stage for Artemis II is finally on its way to the launch site, signaling that launch preparations are getting closer. The stage rollout ceremony on July 16th at Michoud Assembly Facility also brought a brief opportunity to speak with Artemis II astronauts and NASA leadership.
We were also given a tour of the MAF factory after the second Core Stage had left the building that day, giving some attention to Boeing's production of stages for Artemis III and IV, and in this video I'll start going through some of the takeaways from that.
Maxar also announced at the end of the week a milestone in production of the Gateway Power and Propulsion Element...even if a launch date is still anyone's guess.
Imagery is courtesy of NASA, except where noted.
00:00 Intro
00:33 Core Stage-2 Rollout Pictures and Notes
02:55 Artemis II Commander Reid Wiseman on the new backup crew member
03:55 Artemis II News and Notes
05:49 When will Artemis II stacking begin?
09:01 Post-rollout Michoud SLS factory tour
09:52 Core Stage-3 production takeaways from tour
13:00 Core Stage-4 production takeaways from tour
15:52 Limited EUS production takeaways
18:03 Artemis V Orion pressure vessel in assembly at MAF
19:22 Other Artemis news and notes for the week
20:10 Maxar installs final propellant tank in PPE
21:07 Thanks for watching!
 
Phillip Sloss has put out another video concerning the Artemis II first-stage:


As Exploration Ground Systems takes ownership of the SLS Core Stage for Artemis II and looks ahead to launch processing possibly later this year, this video takes probably the last long look at its production at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Completion of the stage marks the end of an era, as production is now split between New Orleans and KSC.
NASA released some last imagery of activities at MAF over the last month, which serve to fill out the history of the build in a more comprehensive way.
Imagery is courtesy of NASA, except where noted.
00:00 Intro
01:00 Assembly complete, the stage moves to Building 110 for final delivery preps on July 6
06:33 The stage switches to the overland transporters with the help of a crane lift on July 11
11:45 Thanks for watching!

This is the last complete first-stage to be done at Michoud as all proceeding first-stages will have final assembly done at the VAB at KSC, Cape Canaveral.
 

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