Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing Manned Capsule Flights Get Official Names

NASA Announces Boeing and Space Crews Dragon Ready for Return Ahead of Commercial Crew Announcement
Edmund Robinson | 03 August, 2018, 16:24

The survey helped ensure crew members will have acceptable visibility as they prepare to launch aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft on the Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station. Boeing's Starliner spacecraft will blast off atop United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket, while SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft will travel on the company's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.

"We believe the earliest time we can confidently do that will be in mid-2019 after flying an uncrewed flight test late this year or early next year".

On Friday, the space agency plans to announce crews for the first flights of SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner.

"NASA's Commercial Crew Program will return human spaceflight launches to USA soil, providing safe, reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit on systems that meet our safety and mission requirements", said the official blog.

Boeing and SpaceX came out on top with their CST-100 Starliner and Crew Dragon space capsule designs, respectively. Because of that, the astronauts selected for one spacecraft or the other will be the first to launch from USA soil since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011.




The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. NASA is expected Friday to name astronauts for the tests.

If those flights are successful, the companies will be certified by NASA for crew rotation missions.

"This was above and beyond the NASA requirement in the contract", said in a statement Kathy Lueders, Commercial Crew Program manager at NASA Kennedy. The new flight schedule features delays on three major flight tests - the launch abort test, the first unmanned test flight, and the first crewed launch. In speeches, he's fond of predicting that the first person to step foot on the Red Planet will get there in a Boeing rocket. Two companies are vying to replace the Russians with a USA spacecraft: Boeing Co.

Since June's test was created to prepare the Starliner spacecraft for the launch abort test later this summer, that procedure will have to wait a while longer until it can be rescheduled.

During the manned tests, the astronauts will be able to use the displays inside the spacecraft, communicate with mission control and practise manual controls during flight. Dubbed DM-2 (demonstration mission 2, set to follow this month's first demo spaceflight that will be uncrewed), the spacecraft's first passenger test flight is slated for December, per a previous report by the Inquisitr. Starliner and Crew Dragon will dock and undock autonomously to the space station before returning the crew safely home. According to Geekwire, Boeing has traced back the issue with June's test to four of these valves, which failed to seal properly due to a problem with their springs. That resulted in a leak of toxic hypergolic propellant, but no damage to the hardware and no injuries to the test team, he said.

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