Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019
Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019
Boeing Starliner Test Flights Slip – SpacePolicyOnline.com
08 August, 2018, 20:46
No NASA astronaut has rocketed into space from American soil since July 8, 2011, when the space shuttle Atlantis took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, laden with 28,000 pounds of supplies for the International Space Station.
"Today, our country's dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.
Nasa on Friday named the first nine astronauts who will fly to space on Boeing and SpaceX vehicles in 2019 - a mix of novices and veterans who are tasked with restoring America's ability to send humans into orbit. It turns out NASA's much-awaited Commercial Crew Program will see its first Boeing crewed flight mid-2019 and its SpaceX one as early as April 2019. He flew on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2008 with fellow Georgia Tech graduates Sandy Magnus and Shane Kimbrough. The space enthusiast said that, should the two Crew Dragontest flights perform well, the hardware will be ready. Since then, every nation on Earth has relied on Russian Federation to get to the International Space Station.
Boeing'sStarliner will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Lawmakers in Congress, however, insisted that NASA still needed to develop its own rocket and space capsule, called the Space Launch System. Former chief astronaut Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley - who served as co-pilot on the final shuttle mission - will fly on SpaceX's Dragon during its first manned flight. Boe will be making his third trip to space.
Boeing's second Starliner launch and first bona-fide NASA mission will send astronauts John Cassada and Suni Williams to the ISS.
Check out the video below to see what the nine astronauts had to say after NASA appointed them for the first commercial missions to take off from American ground in USA -made spacecraft since 2011.
The test flight astronauts on the Crew Dragon, both of whom joined NASA in 2000, will be Col.
From left to right NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley
Glover will partner with NASA veteran Mike Hopkins, 49, who spent 166 days aboard the space station in 2014, during their mission aboard the Crew Dragon capsule.
Chris Ferguson - retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut, now working with Boeing on the CST-100 Starliner program; piloted the Atlantis during STS-115 and commanded both the Endeavour and the Atlantis on STS-126 and STS-135.
Trump's Twitter praise for the astronauts did appear to gloss over the fact that NASA is actually paying SpaceX and Boeing to fly American astronauts.
For Crew Dragon, the now confirmed crew includes Navy commander, aviator, and test pilot Victor Glover.
Chris Ferguson, a former NASA astronaut who has worked with Boeing as it developed its Starliner spacecraft, will fly as a private astronaut.
Boeing plans to do an uncrewed flight test of its CST-100 Starliner later this year or early next year. He's spent almost 29 days in space.
The two pairs of NASA crewmates will fly to the station with Russian cosmonauts and worldwide astronauts to be announced at a later date.
"The goal is to have safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and foster commercial access to other potential low-Earth orbit destinations", Nasa said.
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