NASA announces astronauts for SpaceX and Boeing launches from the US

In this illustration a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft approaches the International Space Station for docking

President Donald Trump fired off a celebratory tweet today to laud NASA's first astronaut crews to fly on private spacecraft built by Boeing and SpaceX, a message that also appeared to hail the president's proposed military Space Force.

These US astronauts previously flew aboard Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS. Public and private entities joining forces for these proto flights means the crewed test phase could be of the most monumental leaps in human spaceflight since NASA's Space Shuttle Program was retired in 2011. "This accomplished group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft developed by our commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, will launch a new era of human spaceflight", Mr. Bridenstine said.

"The 7,000 women and men of SpaceX understand what a sacred honour this was, for us to be part of this program, and for us to fly you", said Gwynne Shotwell, the chief operating officer of SpaceX, at the Friday press conference.

The American space agency said on August 3 that the astronauts will crew the first test flight and mission of both Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon.

If those missions go well, astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover will fly the first operational Crew Dragon flight to the International Space Station, while astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada will fly the first operational CST-100 Starliner mission.

The agency announced last week the first astronauts that will fly to the space station, as the first American astronauts onboard commercial spacecraft.




NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design, development and testing to ensure the systems meet its safety and performance requirements.

The next launch of Cargo Dragon will probably take place at the end of November 2018 and will mark its first launch atop Falcon 9 Block 5, most likely with both a flight-proven booster and capsule. He is a retired Navy captain, who piloted space shuttle Atlantis for STS-115, and commanded shuttle Endeavour on STS-126 and Atlantis for the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program, STS-135. "I'll tell you, being able to launch to the International Space Station from USA soil, I can't imagine better", Cassada said. The test launch will be her first trip to space.

"As technology improves, it is certainly possible for the cost of space travel to decrease but it will take significant technology breakthroughs to truly lower the cost of space travel to a more "affordable level". Crew capsule Dragon will have full autonomy and can also be controlled by the astronauts on Board, and controllers of missions SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. Dr Deepak Pandya, her father, said that she would start training for the 2019-20 mission. With delays pushing the test flights for both companies back until at least 2019, there is still time. She has logged 322 days in space.

Cassada, a Navy commander and test pilot, joined the astronaut corps in 2013; the launch will be his first.

The names announced by NASA include some very experienced astronauts along with first timers.

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