SpaceX Will Be Ready to Transport Humans in April 2019, NASA Estimates

SpaceX Will Be Ready to Transport Humans in April 2019, NASA Estimates

On August 3, the space agency will declare the astronauts consigned to team the foremost flight tests and assignments of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing CST-100 Starliner, and start a new period in American spaceflights, as said by NASA in a statement.

In both cases, again assuming no major problems crop up, operational flights to ferry astronauts to and from the space station would begin after the test flights are complete, ending NASA's sole reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to carry U.S., European, Canadian and Japanese crew members to the lab.

NASA is now ready to announce who are the first astronauts for the flights of SpaceX and Boeing's commercial spaceships.

Also, the organization will declare the crew tasks for the foremost post-certification operation and crew flight tests for both SpaceX and Boeing, in a press conference to be chaired over by Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator.

"While we know there's quite a bit of interest and focus on who will fly first, NASA is more interested in both of them flying successfully", Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for the U.S. space agency, said Thursday. Starliner and Crew Dragon will dock and undock autonomously to the space station before returning the crew safely home.

More than 50 people are in NASA's astronaut corps, though 12 in the agency's 2017 astronaut class are still training.

If this second test is successful, Boeing will launch Spacecraft 2 along with its first passengers toward the middle of 2019.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.

Both Boeing and SpaceX have designed their own spacesuits. Currently, in addition to manned spacecraft Boeing to deliver cargo into orbit is used a camera Crew Dragon company SpaceX.

In March, SpaceX performed two parachute tests, the company's 14th and 15th overall parachute test supporting Crew Dragon development in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

NASA astronaut Eric Boe, one of four astronauts working with the agency's Commercial Crew Program, had the opportunity to check out the Crew Access Tower at Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) with a United Launch Alliance Atlas V on the pad.

In June, the Crew Dragon capsule for SpaceX's uncrewed flight test, Demo-1, arrived at Plum Brook Station at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio.

Expedition 54 Flight Engineer Serena Aunon, Chancellor of NASA, will monitor its departure as the spacecraft is released through ground-controlled commands.

"They are providing input to the partners to help ensure the interior of the cabin is appropriately located and set up so crew can function and conduct key activities". If history is any guide, the crews taking the spotlight on Friday will have even more time to train. It'll be equipped with four windows providing astronauts with breathtaking views of the Earth, our moon and the solar system.

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