Following is a summary of current science news briefs.
Exclusive-SpaceX ending production of flagship crew capsule -executive
SpaceX has ended production of new Crew Dragon astronaut capsules, a company executive told Reuters, as Elon Musk’s space transportation company heaps resources on its next-generation spaceship program. Capping the fleet at four Crew Dragons adds more urgency to the development of the astronaut capsule’s eventual successor, Starship, SpaceX’s moon, and Mars rocket. Starship’s debut launch has been delayed for months by engine development hurdles and regulatory reviews.
Israeli startup to test brain-activity gear on space mission to ISS
Israel’s Brain.Space, a four-year-old startup that studies data on brain activity, is set to put its gear to test on astronauts in space next week during a SpaceX shuttle flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Three astronauts on the planned private space-flight firm Axiom Space’s mission to the ISS will use a special electroencephalogram (EEG)-enabled helmet made by Brain. Space, the company said on Monday.
(With inputs from agencies.)