SPECIAL COVERAGE: Coronavirus COVID-19 and the Space Sector

Coronavirus COVID-19 Special Coverage for the space sector

Note: We're posting news related to the space sector on the Coronavirus COVID-19 as needed. Reader input requested: Send relevant updates to nasawatch@spaceref.com.

March 25, 2020 11:32 AM ET

- National Space Council Users' Advisory Group; Meeting Postponement
- UPDATE: Nine NASA Facilities Are Now At Stage 4 Due To COVID-19
- 236th AAS Meeting Goes Virtual

March 24, 2020 10:10 AM ET

- NASA Science Mission Directorate Virtual Town Hall 2020
- NASA Weekly Update from the Administrator
- NASA Joins COVID-19 Supercomputing Effort
- UPDATE: Six NASA Facilities Are Now At Stage 4 Due To COVID-19, NASA Watch
- COVID-19 Pandemic Management Course, Johns Hopkins


March 21, 2020 12:12 PM ET

- Message from the NASA Armstrong Center Director
- NASA JPL: Further Restrictions To Lab Access
- March 20 - Update: Ames Fully in Stage 4 of NASA's Response Framework
- Boeing Announces Actions to Navigate COVID-19 Crisis
- NASA Leadership Assessing Mission Impacts of Coronavirus

March 20, 2020 2:50 PM ET

- COVID-19: nitrogen dioxide over China (ESA)


March 19, 2020 11:06 AM ET

The National Space Society not holding the International Space Development Conference 2020 in May Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The National Space Society has announced that its annual International Space Development Conference (NSS ISDC®), formerly scheduled for May 28-31 in Frisco, Texas, will not be held as planned. The organization is working with its partners to review its options and make plans to support the conference moving ahead.

"The NSS is no longer holding its ISDC in May 2020, but conditions allowing, will investigate, with its partners and sponsors, the possibility of ISDC activities of different kinds later in 2020," said Dale Skran, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee. "The health and welfare of our members and attendees is our priority."

The ISDC is the premiere conference of its kind, bringing together well over 1000 people from around the globe each year to learn about and celebrate developments in the opening and settlement of the space frontier.

"Looking ahead to next year, we are preparing to present ISDC 2021 in Los Angeles and to welcome everyone there, and at all our upcoming events. In the meantime, we ask everyone to follow professional medical and government instructions to help maintain their health in the coming weeks and months," Skran said.

Please visit the ISDC 2020 website at isdc2020.nss.org for updates as events develop. Information on refund status and applicability to future events will be forthcoming shortly.


March 18, 2020 6:54 PM ET

ESA Mission Control Adjusts To Coronavirus Conditions, ESA

"Responsible for spacecraft orbiting Earth, the Sun and exploring the Solar System, teams at ESA's ESOC mission control deal with in-flight challenges every day, from faulty hardware, problematic software and hazardous space debris to computer viruses that could affect ground stations. So how do they keep missions flying when a viral pandemic puts the people of the Agency at risk?"

NASA Ames Update: Update: Second Ames Employee Case Confirmed

"We have received notification that a second Ames employee has acquired COVID-19 illness. There is no indication that this second case is related to the first case. Based on the circumstances and elapsed time since the employee was on site (more than 19 days ago), we believe that there is no additional risk at the center."ploring the Solar System, teams at ESA's ESOC mission control deal with in-flight challenges every day, from faulty hardware, problematic software and hazardous space debris to computer viruses that could affect ground stations. So how do they keep missions flying when a viral pandemic puts the people of the Agency at risk?"

NASA is Prepared for this Challenge, Jim Bridenstine

"Our nation is facing a challenging time amid this national health emergency. The well-being of you and your families remains the top priority for NASA leadership. While we know this situation presents a number of difficulties for our missions, we are confident there is no team better prepared for doing hard things. We have accomplished so many incredible feats as an agency. We put Americans on the Moon, landed on Mars (seven times!), launched hundreds of crewed and robotic missions into space, created life-changing technologies, transformed aviation and sustained human presence on a laboratory that flies 250 miles above Earth for nearly 20 years - just to name a few things that once were thought to be impossible."

March 17, 2020 7:50 PM ET

Tomorrow All NASA Centers Will Be At Stage 3 - Ames at Stage 4 (Update)

March 14, 2020 7:25 PM ET

- NASA Travel Guidance as of March 14, 2020
- NASA JSC: Special: March 14 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- Update on NASA's Response to the Coronavirus
- Statement on NASA Goddard's Coronavirus Prep Actions

March 14, 2020 11:09 AM ET

KSC Visitors Center Closed

"Out of an abundance of extreme caution and in the best interest of our guests and crewmembers, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will temporarily be closed as of March 16, 2020 until further notice. During this closure guests will not be permitted onto visitor complex grounds. As always, the health and safety of our employees and guests is the highest priority for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Our goal is also to mitigate the spread of the virus."


NASA MSFC Is Now At Stage 3 - Mandatory Telework

"This is an emergency message from NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center. Effective immediately, MSFC has gone to mandatory telework, Stage 3. For additional details, please check the email sent by the MSFC Director, Jody Singer."


March 13, 2020 11:04 AM ET

Space Symposium Postponed

"The Space Foundation issued a statement today announcing the 36th Space Symposium, previously scheduled for March 30 - April 2, 2020, has been postponed: "The Space Foundation is working with its partners, The Broadmoor, the City of Colorado Springs, and its members and other key stakeholders to identify future dates and details that will assemble the world's space community again in Colorado. "In the coming days, we will be issuing additional guidance about those steps and the identified path forward. We ask for your patience as that guidance is assembled and conveyed to our partners, attendees, the public, and the space community we are proud to serve."