Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

NASA to announce next generation space flight crew

NASA to announce next generation space flight crew

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.

Congress ultimately boosted NASA's overall budget for the fiscal year that began on October 1 to almost $20.7 billion, part of a defense spending binge that also benefited nondefense projects. Once they receive the certification, NASA expects the companies to launch as many as six crews to the International Space Station.

"The resulting schedule that we have will support an uncrewed flight test in late 2018 or early 2019", said Mulholland, who manages the Starliner program for Boeing.

For SpaceX's Crew Dragon, the uncrewed mission has been designated Demo-1, and it will take off with the help of Falcon 9 from Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As part of the Commercial Crew Program's public-private partnership, both companies are fine-tuning their designs, integrating hardware, and testing their crew spacecraft and rockets to prepare for test flights. Currently, in addition to manned spacecraft Boeing to deliver cargo into orbit is used a camera Crew Dragon company SpaceX.

Since the last space shuttle flight in 2011, US astronauts have been ferried to and from the International Space Station (ISS) by a Russian spacecraft at a cost per seat of $80 million.

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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. "The systems will be operated in the actual environment to test it and ensure it's ready for crew".

■ PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem), a mission to monitor the planet's ocean health, which has not yet launched. Sometimes called the "Commercial Crew Cadre", those astronauts are seasoned veterans who've worked closely with Boeing and SpaceX on their new spacecraft and systems over the past three years. However, both companies have had some problems with their vehicles lately (be it technical issues or just delays), and they have to prove that their spacecraft are safe for crewed missions to the ISS and that they can also bring them back to Earth. DM-2, Crew Dragon's first manned demonstration flight, is still now scheduled for December 2018, as reported by the Inquisitr.

"The crew right now is actually working on integrated crew simulations on the flight systems", said Lueders.

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