NASA, commercial partners progress to human spaceflight home stretch

NASA Announces Boeing and Space Crews

Boeing and SpaceX were awarded a $6 billion contract three years ago to develop spacecraft to become the replacement vehicles to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Those spacecraft, SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100, are now months away from their first uncrewed test flights from Cape Canaveral.

He was a NASA scientist for 33 years. On Sept. 16, 2014, the agency announced that Boeing and SpaceX would share $6.8 billion to develop independent space taxis, the first new USA crewed spacecraft since the shuttle. SpaceX has hinted that its first crewed flight could take place by early next year, but Mulholland declined to speculate. "I'm incredibly proud of the progress our team has made, and it has been inspiring to watch them work through challenges quickly, while developing a brand new human-rated spacecraft that Boeing, NASA and the nation can be proud of".

NASA is about to name the first eight astronauts ever to fly Boeing and SpaceX's brand-new spaceships.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems created to carry crews safely to and from low-Earth orbit.

They will fly the Boeing Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon. NASA had originally expected the companies to have their spacecraft ready for missions to the International Space Station by the end of a year ago, but neither were able to meet that target.

NASA Announces Boeing and Space Crews
Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

NASA will introduce Friday at 11 a.m. on NASA TV new astronauts assigned to spaceflights launching from the United States for the first time since July 8, 2011.

SpaceX said it would fly crews by April. Boeing also connected the upper and lower domes of its Crew Flight Test spacecraft and attached its docking system in June.

Last week, Boeing confirmed that it had a problem with its launch abort system, which is created to ferry crews to safety in the event of an emergency. Sometimes called the "Commercial Crew Cadre", those astronauts are seasoned veterans who've worked closely with Boeing and SpaceX on their new spacecraft and systems over the past three years. DM-2, Crew Dragon's first manned demonstration flight, is still now scheduled for December 2018, as reported by the Inquisitr. In its report, the GAO said NASA's projected "average" certification date for Boeing was December 2019, and January 2020 for SpaceX, with the potential for both companies to slip well into 2020. However, both companies have had some problems with their vehicles lately (be it technical issues or just delays), and they have to prove that their spacecraft are safe for crewed missions to the ISS and that they can also bring them back to Earth.

"We are confident we found the cause and are moving forward with corrective action", including some design changes, Boeing said this week. "We want to do some climate science, but we aren't going to do some of the insane stuff that the previous administration did", he said.

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