NASA names crews to Boeing and SpaceX missions
(WAFF) - NASA has announced the astronauts chosen to complete test flights and missions for America's planned return to human space flight.
The two mission assignments will first include tests of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
The last flight of NASA's Space Shuttle was on July, 2011. Americans have since been paying the Russian's to catch rides via the Soyuz to the International Space Station.
Boeing Test Crew
From left: Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Chris Ferguson
Boeing First Mission
Josh Cassada and Suni Williams
SpaceX Test Crew
From left: Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley
SpaceX Mission Crew
From left: Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins
Friday's announcement comes one day after NASA admitted that that SpaceX and Boeing's crew flight tests have been delayed.
SpaceX, which is set to fly its first test flight with a crew in April 2019, is four months behind schedule.
Boeing, which found a problem during engine testing for the CST-100 Starliner, now says it will hold its test flight with a crew in mid-2019.
Currently, NASA has only booked seats on Soyuz missions through November 2019.
Here is a full list of targeted test dates for Boeing and SpaceX:
- Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed): late 2018 / early 2019
- Boeing Crew Flight Test (crewed): mid-2019
- SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed): November 2018
- SpaceX Demo-2 (crewed): April 2019
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