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Crewmembers For Boeing, SpaceX First Test Flights To Be Named Friday

03 August 2018

The goal: ensure NASA astronauts can access the International Space Station and end USA reliance on Russia's increasingly expensive Soyuz spaceships to get there.

Boeing pushed back the flight schedule of its Starliner capsule to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, the aerospace giant told reporters in a conference call Wednesday.

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.

If the feed doesn't load for any reason, you can also try to watch via YouTube, Ustream, or the space agency's NASA TV website. Coupled with the technical challenges inherent in any human spaceflight development program, the systems have been repeatedly delayed and NASA's dependence on Russian Federation extended. That means NASA could find itself without any way to get astronauts to or from the ISS between November 2019 and whenever the SpaceX and Boeing craft are finally ready - that is, unless something happens to somehow move these launch dates up.

An engine flaw discovered during a launchpad test of Boeing's Starliner spaceship, created to carry humans to the International Space Station, has delayed its first crew test flight until next year. Anyone now assigned to a space mission also won't be picked for the Boeing and SpaceX flights, NASA told Business Insider. Fully 43 percent of respondents said the climate should be NASA's "top priority". His remarks were widely reported and Boeing spokeswoman Rebecca Regan confirmed the news via email to SpacePolicyOnline.com.

After a month from the engine test issues, Boeing will have to delay the first two major test flights to the ISS of their future passenger spacecraft - The CST-100 Starliner.

More than 50 people are in NASA's astronaut corps, though 12 in the agency's 2017 astronaut class are still training. It will use an Atlas V rocket, but before sending a manned crew, it must first conduct an uncrewed and a crewed flight test and see if the capsule is safe to use on multiple trips to the station.

SpaceX designed its Crew Dragon spacecraft to launch atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The other four astronauts that NASA has selected, however, aren't yet publicly known.

Following the crewed tests, each craft will undergo NASA's certification process.

In light of Boeing's schedule adjustment, will that crew arrive on a Starliner or on SpaceX's Dragon spaceship?

John Mulholland, a Boeing vice president who's program manager for the CST-100 Starliner program, laid out the revised schedule today during a teleconference with journalists.

Crewmembers For Boeing, SpaceX First Test Flights To Be Named Friday