What We Know About the 9 Astronauts Flying the New Commercial Ships

What We Know About the 9 Astronauts Flying the New Commercial Ships

What We Know About the 9 Astronauts Flying the New Commercial Ships

NASA is announcing which astronauts will fly on the first commercial spaceships, now scheduled for next year. Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA's global partners in the space station at a later date, the agency said.

The unpiloted supply ship launched from Cape Canaveral on June 29 aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, and it reached the space station July 2.

NASA will announce the astronauts for the first test flights and missions of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft Friday.

Boe is one of nine people who were named as commercial crew astronauts during a ceremony Friday at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Astronauts are expected to make their first flight aboard Boeing's CST-100 Starliner in mid-2019, following a test flight without a crew in late 2018 or early 2019.

Space X's Dragon will be tested by Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, and Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins will be on the crew for that mission. This will be her first trip to space. He joined NASA in 2000 to become an astronaut, and piloted the space shuttle Endeavor for STS-127. Mann was selected as an astronaut in 2013. He's spent almost 29 days in space.

The agency said more crew members will be announced later.

An uncrewed Orbital flight test is scheduled for later this year, with the first crew on board in mid 2019, NASA said.

NASA has been paying billions of dollars to SpaceX and Boeing to develop the crew capsules to pick up where the space shuttles left off in 2011, while also paying billions for cargo deliveries to the space station by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman.

SpaceX said it would fly crews by April. The Crew Dragon spacecraft will launch from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. And finally, the second SpaceX demo flight will be crewed by Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

Support enables our dedicated journalists to research deeply and bring you original space exploration articles. They're both the result of NASA's Commercial Crew Program: a almost 10-year-long, $8-billion effort to maintain access to orbit for USA astronauts. Both SpaceX and Boeing were supposed to clear this hurdle a year ago, but Boeing is now likely to win certification in January, with SpaceX following it the next month.

Ferguson, who has been involved from the start in the Starliner's development, flew three shuttle missions as a Nasa astronaut. Boe piloted two shuttle flights.

NASA's continuous presence on the space station for nearly 18 years has enabled technology demonstrations and research in biology and biotechnology, Earth and space science, human health, physical sciences.

The two pairs of Nasa crewmates will fly to the station with Russian cosmonauts and worldwide astronauts to be announced at a later date. Since her selection as an astronaut in 1998, she has spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station for Expeditions 14/15 and Expeditions 32/33, commanded the space station and performed seven spacewalks. He then added that it looked the launch date was finally approaching, and that the mission would actually happen.

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