mclumber1 Posted August 3, 2018 Share Posted August 3, 2018 Quote NASA has announced the names of the first astronauts who’ll fly to the International Space Station on American-made, commercial spacecraft. The crews will fly to the space station on rockets built by NASA commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX. “Today, our country’s dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, in a statement. “Today’s announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation’s leadership in space.” Nine astronauts were selected to crew the first test flights and missions of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. “The men and women we assign to these first flights are at the forefront of this exciting new time for human spaceflight,” said Mark Geyer, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, in a statement. After each company completes their crewed test flights successfully, NASA will start the process to finally certify the spacecraft and systems for regular crew missions to the space station. So far, NASA has contracted for six missions with each company, with as many as four astronauts crewing each commercial spacecraft. https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/03/nasa-names-first-astronauts-for-the-inaugural-commercial-flights-to-the-iss/ EDIT: I should clarify the headline: Boeing's capsule will be riding atop a ULA built Atlas 5 rocket. Boeing is a co-owner with Lockheed-Martin of ULA, which manufactures both the Atlas 5 and Delta 4 launch vehicles. SpaceX's capsule will be riding atop their own rocket, the reusable Falcon 9. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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