NASA to announce which astronauts will fly on first commercial spaceships

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 6, 2018

NASA introduced to the world on August 3, 2018, the first US astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station - an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to USA soil for the first time since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011.

The assignments will come from among a list of four astronauts who have already been training for the commercial crew program - Robert Behnken, Eric Boe, Douglas Hurley and Sunita Williams - all of whom have been on previous missions to the International Space Station.

NASA has announced what it said will be a new era in US space exploration, naming a group of nine astronauts charged with launching into space on private rockets from the United States.

In his statement to the media, director of NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston Mark Geyer said that the men and women we assign to these first flights are at the forefront of this exciting new time for human spaceflight. The competition asked private spaceflight companies to develop new astronaut-ready spacecraft - and Boeing and SpaceX emerged as top winners. - Alan Shepard, John Young are some of America's first explorers into the great unknown, but Friday NASA will announce who will be America's next space pioneers. He, too, has a history on the space shuttle: Ferguson piloted Atlantis for STS-115, was the commander of Endeavour on STS-126, and Atlantis for STS-135, the final space shuttle mission. The group includes eight current NASA astronauts and one Boeing astronaut.

"For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil". "I look forward, sir, to getting you down there at some point out in Hawthorne [SpaceX's California headquarters] and maybe you can sit next to us in the cockpit and go through flying the iPhone to dock to space station". Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins will handle the first post-certification mission.

Trump wasn't the only one heralding NASA's commercial crew announcement today. NASA's last space shuttle mission, the STS-135 flight coincidently commanded by Boeing's Ferguson, flew in July 2011. Their successful test flight will pave the way for two different astronauts to take the Starliner to the International Space Station for Boeing's first operational mission at a later date.

The United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Friday named nine astronauts for the first trip to the International Space Station on a commercially built spacecraft.

"I'm sure that there is at least one Russian language instructor out there who thinks that having me fly a USA vehicle is not a awful idea", Cassada said.

When test flights do launch, Boeing's flight is dubbed Orbital Flight Test followed by Crew Flight Test. SpaceX's first flight is dubbed Demonstration Mission 1 followed by Demonstration Mission 2. The first flight will be a test flight.

The crews will travel to the International Space Station aboard two commercial spacecraft that Boeing and SpaceX plan to send into the stratosphere sometime during the coming year.

On the recordings you can listen to the talks of the three astronauts who took part in the mission: Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin Base and Michael Kansa, who was left to pilot a spaceship orbiting the moon while the other two members of the mission landed on the surface. Mr. Ferguson will become the first former NASA astronaut to return to orbit as a company's crew member when he flies.

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will be launched from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon will launch on the company's Falcon 9 rocket. Boeing said earlier this week it would carry out a test flight of the Starliner vehicle without humans later this year or in early 2019, after it suffered an issue with the capsule's launch abort system during a test in New Mexico in June, according to SpaceNews.

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