Peter Beck Tries to Take on Elon Musk in Space

Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck joins Emily Chang to discuss the rivalry between him and Musk’s SpaceX, how his company stock is up 56% since going public, where their Neutron project is headed, and to talk about the future of space travel and the space economy.

Vice President Kamala Harris Chairs Her First National Space Council Meeting

Vice President Kamala Harris chairs her first National Space Council meeting on Dec. 1, 2021, at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson will join the vice president to deliver remarks.

The council advises the president on America’s space policy and strategy, and reviews the nation’s long-range goals for space activities.

NASA Spacewalk to Replace Space Station Antenna

Watch NASA astronauts Kayla Barron and Thomas Marshburn venture outside the International Space Station on Nov. 30 to replace a faulty antenna system. The antenna recently lost its ability to transmit low-rate voice communications and data to flight controllers in mission control, although it has had a limited impact on operations. The two astronauts will replace it with a spare.

The spacewalkers are expected to turn their spacesuits on to battery power at about 7:10 a.m. EST for an excursion slated to last about 6.5 hours. Marshburn will serve as extravehicular crew member 1 (EV 1), wearing a spacesuit with red stripes, and Barron will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV 2), wearing a spacesuit with no stripes. European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer will provide support from inside the orbiting laboratory, maneuvering the Canadarm2 robotic arm that will carry Marshburn. This will be the fifth spacewalk for Marshburn, and the first for Barron.

NEW SPACE STATION MODULE DOCKS TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPLEX

The Russian “Prichal” Node Module and the attached Progress M-UM docked to the “Nauka” Multipurpose Laboratory (MLM) of the International Space Station November 26 following a launch from the Baikonur Cosmondrome in Kazakhstan on November 24. The node module will serve as a multi-hatch docking port for Russian visiting vehicles to the complex.