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NASA announces crew for the first American spacecraft launches since 2011

NASA announces crew for the first American spacecraft launches since 2011

In any case, SpaceX is now the presumed leader of the race to capture the flag left on the station by the final space shuttle crew-a flag that has been waiting to return to Earth for eight years and counting. The Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. In light of that, watching them train and then fly these missions over the next year or so should be fun for all involved.

The astronauts assignments will be for both the test flights of Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon, which won't dock with the ISS, as well as the first post-certification missions for both private companies, which will head to the space station. They were assigned to ride on the first major flights of Boeing and SpaceX's Commercial Crew vehicles.

The first test flight for SpaceX and Boeing will be known as Demo-1 and Orbital Flight Test, respectively.

The nine individuals will go up on systems developed by - and contracted from - the Boeing and SpaceX firms.

She once held the record for total number of spacewalks conducted by a woman (7 walks) and most spacewalk time for a female (50 hours, 40 minutes) during her time on the International Space Station.

The Starliner crew will include former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson and Nicole Aunapu Mann, who is making her first trip to space, alongside Eric Boe, Sunita Williams and John Cassada.




The Commercial Crew program, on the whole, has experienced numerous delays and budget shortfalls as Boeing and SpaceX work to bring crewed launches back to the U.S.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the test flight astronauts for SpaceX's Dragon, Bridenstine said.

Behnken, Hurley, Boe and Mann are Nasa's first astronauts to be named to the test flights of new United States spacecraft since the March 1978 announcement of the space shuttle's first orbital flight test crews. The other commercial crew members are still with NASA.

American astronauts haven't launched from the US since 2011, and the first commercial company to make that happen first will undoubtedly receive accolades. 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. Many spacecraft, including Crew Dragon and Starliner, use hypergolic propellant for abort engines because it ignites on contact and is a good choice for quickly blasting a crew capsule away from a failing rocket. NASA retired its space shuttle fleet that year, and started sending astronauts to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, at a cost of $81 million (U.S.) per seat.

From left to right: Astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Eric Boe, Josh Cassada, and Sunita Williams gave a thumbs up to the crowd.

When you think about who's in charge of cutting-edge spaceflight in 2018, SpaceX is probably the first name that comes to mind. (BA) to the punch when it comes to flying astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA picked Crew Dragon and Starliner to replace the space shuttle for ISS transportation back in 2014. Similarly, the first Starliner is being now being outfitted for launch at Kennedy Space Center, and the test flight's Atlas V Centaur upper stage-never flown in the dual-engine configuration-ships to Florida in August.

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