These Astronauts Will Fly SpaceX, Boeing Spacecraft to the ISS

09 August, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Ann Santiago
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In 2013, she was one of the eight candidates selected from more than 6,300 applicants to train as an astronaut for NASA, and the agency later announced Mann could be one of the first astronauts sent on a mission to Mars.

"I'm sure there's at least one Russian-language instructor out there who thinks that having me fly in a US vehicle is not a bad idea", quipped Cassada.

SpaceX's first crew tests on the Dragon capsule will be helmed by shuttle veterans Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley.

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.

Friday, NASA said that if unmanned test flights go smoothly, the group of nine astronauts will fly before then, on the first test flight and mission of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon.

Joining Ferguson on the maiden flight will be Eric Boe, a former shuttle pilot, and Nicole Aunapu Mann, who will make her first trip into space. He's previously spent more than 40 days in space for NASA during three shuttle missions, but he retired from the federal organization and joined Boeing in 2011. NPR reports that some critics think the SLS is too expensive compared to industry developments like SpaceX's Falcon Heavy.

After successful completion of the flight tests with crew, NASA will review flight data to verify the systems meet the agency's safety and performance certification requirements. The test flights with crew will take place mid-2019, NASA said.

Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA's global partners at a later date.

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SpaceX is gearing up to send humans into space for the first time.

"It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can't wait to see them aboard the ISS", he added.

NASA has been paying billions of dollars to SpaceX and Boeing to develop the crew capsules to pick up where the shuttles left off, while also paying billions for cargo deliveries to the space station by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman.

"The first flight is something you dream about as a test pilot", said Hurley, who flew on the last shuttle mission.

SpaceX's founder and CEO, Elon Musk believes that such reusable spaceships are of great importance and will be very helpful to reduce the expenses of future space missions which will further enable the company to take fearless steps in space tours without considering much about the cost involved.

It is true, however, that SpaceX and Boeing are paying to use some facilities owned by NASA and the U.S. Air Force. The test flight with crew is scheduled for mid-2019.

Boeing's Starliners will soar on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rockets. Mr. Hopkins logged 166 days aboard the space station in 2014. Dr Deepak Pandya, her father, said that she would start training for the 2019-20 mission. He also commanded two more spaceflights in 2008. Mr. Ferguson will become the first former NASA astronaut to return to orbit as a company's crew member when he flies.

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