Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

A closer look at SpaceX's and Boeing's Commercial Crew Spacecraft

NASA Announces Boeing and Space Crews Dragon Ready for Return Ahead of Commercial Crew Announcement
Derrick Tucker | 03 August, 2018, 13:11

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems to carry crews safely to and from low-Earth orbit - the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing CST-100 Starliner.

The names of the astronauts will be unveiled at a news conference at 11 a.m. ET that will be streamed live online on CBC News.

The new launch schedule comes just a day before the agency will announce which astronauts will be aboard which company's test and maiden crewed flights as the space community continues its quest to bring human spaceflight back to the U.S.

NASA awarded both companies a combined US$6.8 billion in September 2014 to revive the US's ability to fly to the orbiting lab without buying seats on Russian Soyuz capsules - berths that cost about US$80 million apiece.

Although both Boeing and SpaceX still have a few milestones to reach before the launch of their respective astronaut-ferrying spacecraft, NASA is already looking ahead at resuming US -based crewed spaceflights.

Also, the most recent planet-hunting probe of NASA-the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)-has begun its hunt for new worlds around close by stars, as said by the US Space organization.

An engine flaw discovered during a launchpad test of Boeing's Starliner spaceship, created to carry humans to the International Space Station, has delayed its first crew test flight until next year.

Now, however, the SpaceX uncrewed flight is scheduled for November 2018 and its crewed successor for April 2019 - edging in front of Boeing's planned launches.

During the manned tests, the astronauts will be able to use the displays inside the spacecraft, communicate with mission control and practise manual controls during flight.

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The Commercial Crew program carries some urgency because NASA has no contingency plan to keep shuttling astronauts to and from the station after next year.

The delay means the spacecraft will not be ready for a crewed test flight until at least mid-2019.

However, the U.S. Government Accountability Office warned last month that certification delays for the two companies could, for a while, leave NASA with no way to get American astronauts onto the ISS.

NASA stands at the very edge of an incredibly exciting time in space exploration.

SpaceX has not publicly revised its Crew Dragon schedule.

In May, SpaceX completed its 16th overall parachute system test for Crew Dragon at Naval Air Facility El Centro in Southern California. Boeing will conduct a manned Starliner flight in mid-2019.

SpaceXNASA astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams tests mock-ups of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship and spacesuit.

Mulholland said the Atlas V launch vehicle for the mission is launch-ready and should ship to Florida before the end of this year.

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