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Boeing Test Flights Delayed Again: The CST-100 Starliner Might Be Tested Next Year

Boeing Test Flights Delayed Again: The CST-100 Starliner Might Be Tested Next Year

The comments were made following the news that Nasa has assigned nine crew members to the first test flights for missions on US-built commercial spacecrafts - the Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon. At the time, SpaceX's Crew Dragon (known as Dragon V2 at the time) and Boeing's Starliner (just CST-100 back then) won a four-year competition-and contracts worth billions-to fly astronauts to space.

"What an exciting and fantastic day", Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said at the announcement at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

After each company successfully completes its crewed test flight, NASA will begin the final process of certifying that spacecraft and systems for regular crew missions to the space station.

Some background: The last time humans went to space from the United States was July 2011, aboard the space shuttle Atlantis.

"Today, our country's dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp".

"It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can't wait to see them aboard the International Space Station", Mr. Geyer said.

For SpaceX's Crew Dragon, the uncrewed mission has been designated Demo-1, and it will take off with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket from Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The latter was confirmed by SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk himself who responded to an article regarding the tentative flight schedules on Twitter.

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SpaceX is gearing up to send humans into space for the first time. This will be his first spaceflight. Ms. Williams previously logged 321 days in orbit on two stays aboard the space station, most recently returning to the Earth in 2012.

As the crew were introduced, the space adventurers gave thumbs-up to cheers from the crowd. Williams will be in the second crew in the Boeing Starliner, which will take them to the ISS.

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.

Trump wasn't the only one heralding NASA's commercial crew announcement today.

The names announced by NASA include some very experienced astronauts along with first timers. The uncrewed test is planned for November; the test flight with crew aboard is set for April 2019. "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". NASA astronauts Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins would fly Dragon's first operational mission to the space station. He will be joined by Victor Glover, a Navy commander who will be making his first trip into space. Mr. Hopkins logged 166 days aboard the space station in 2014.

Since her selection as an astronaut in 1998, she has spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for Expeditions 14/15 and Expeditions 32/33, commanded the space station and performed seven spacewalks, the U.S. space agency said in a statement.

NASA paid seed money to SpaceX and Boeing to incentivize them to develop the crew capsules, picking up where the shuttle program left off.

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