Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Musk's SpaceX Poised to Fly Astronauts Before Boeing, NASA Says

NASA still hasn’t decided on a spacesuit for future missions, and it’s getting kind of silly NASA Announces Boeing and Space Crews
Doris Mccormick | 03 August, 2018, 13:13

After delivering more than 5,900 pounds of science and supplies, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station (ISS) to Earth on Friday.

SpaceX plans to fly Demo-2, its first crewed test flight, in April 2019, while Boeing's Crew Test Flight is now slated for mid-2019, according to a new schedule that NASA released Thursday.

In both cases, again assuming no major problems crop up, operational flights to ferry astronauts to and from the space station would begin after the test flights are complete, ending NASA's sole reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to carry U.S., European, Canadian and Japanese crew members to the lab.

SpaceX and Boeing built new spaceships for NASA to fly its astronauts into orbit. He will make the announcement at NASA's Johnson Space Center Friday morning.

Both Boeing's and SpaceX's crew pods were originally scheduled to launch on their first missions at the end of this year, blasting off into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and a Falcon 9 rocket, respectively.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program, as it's called, will soon launch launch one uncrewed and two crewed test flights of each new spacecraft.

"Both partners said they really wanted to have an uncrewed flight test to make sure the integrated rockets, spacecraft and re-entry systems are all working as created to be able to ensure the integrated system is functioning". They're both the result of NASA's Commercial Crew Program: a almost 10-year-long, $8-billion effort to maintain access to orbit for USA astronauts. Anyone now assigned to a space mission also won't be picked for the Boeing and SpaceX flights, NASA told Business Insider.

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It is still not clear which company, Boeing or SpaceX, will launch humans first.

Commercial space taxis offer an ostensibly cheaper, made-in-America option for NASA. "And NASA will be the anchor tenant", said scientist in residence John Charles at Space Center Houston.

"While we know there's quite a bit of interest and focus on who will fly first, NASA is more interested in both of them flying successfully", Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for the USA space agency, said Thursday.

It was expected that Boeing will launch the vehicle in August, unmanned, but the latest news suggests that, most likely, start will take. "The systems will be operated in the actual environment to test it and ensure it's ready for crew".

The crews will begin training to get ready for their launch. Separately, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft for Demo-1 arrived to the Cape in July for final processing.

"After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions", NASA communications specialist Stephanie Martin wrote in a blog post.

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