SpaceX Poised to Be First with Astronaut Flights, Beating Boeing

SpaceX Poised to Be First with Astronaut Flights, Beating Boeing

Being the first to fly the tests indicates that SpaceX has an advantage, even though both are behind a schedule drawn up in 2014 when NASA awarded a combined $6.8 billion to the two firms for what the agency calls the Commercial Crew program.

Congress ultimately boosted NASA's overall budget for the fiscal year that began on October 1 to almost $20.7 billion, part of a defense spending binge that also benefited nondefense projects.

NASA astronaut Eric Boe, one of four astronauts working with the agency's Commercial Crew Program, had the opportunity to check out the Crew Access Tower at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) with a United Launch Alliance Atlas V on the pad.

NASA will announce on Friday, Aug. 3, the astronauts assigned to crew the first flight tests and missions of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon, and begin a new era in American spaceflight.

NASA will announce which astronauts will fly with Boeing and SpaceX at an event Friday at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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"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".

SpaceX's craft - the Crew Dragon - will be launched into space atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

In a blog post, NASA said SpaceX plans to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on an unpiloted test flight in November.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. Crew for Boeing's Crew Flight Test and SpaceX's Demo-2 flights will each include at least a flight commander and pilot aboard to test out the systems.

"Safely and reliably flying commercial crew missions for NASA remains the highest priority for SpaceX", said Benji Reed, Director of Crew Mission Management at SpaceX.

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"It's very exciting getting more people in space". Two companies are vying to replace the Russians with a USA spacecraft: Boeing Co. Both will be starting to show off their capsules with uncrewed flight tests by the end of the year.

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.

In March, teams from Boeing, NASA and ULA gathered in control rooms across the country for an integrated crew exercise of Boeing's Orbital Flight Test. Boeing also completed two joint rendezvous docking system simulations with the space station.

NASA robotics technologist Brian Roberts said, "When your vehicle stops working or runs out of gas, you don't leave it on the side of the road".

Mulholland added that he has no "visibility into SpaceX progress or the fidelity of the SpaceX schedule", and that they only focus on making "sure we do everything we can to ensure a safe vehicle and meeting the schedule parameters that I've laid out".

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