Mix Of Newbies, Veterans To Fly On US' First Private Spaceships

Kerry GarnerAug 04, 2018

The former Yellow Jacket has been working with both companies since 2015, developing and testing spacecraft that will eventually launch Americans into space from USA soil for the first time since the shuttle program ended in 2011.

NASA said the spacecraft returned to Earth with more than 3,800 pounds (more than 1,700 kilograms) of cargo, including specimens from biological experiments conducted on-board the space station. "For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil".

NASA also named today the astronauts for those flights: Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins will fly aboard the first operational Crew Dragon, while John Cassada and Sunita Williams will fly aboard the first operational Starliner.

Leading up to the a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center here, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said it was a historic moment for the space agency, saying: "We are going to launch American astronauts from American soil".

Ferguson will fly with NASA astronauts Eric Boe, a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, and Nicole Aunapu Mann on the first crewed test flight of Starliner, now projected to take place in mid-2019.

SpaceX's first crew tests will be manned by shuttle astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley.

Following this first trial flight, two pilots will travel in the Starliner to the ISS: Suni Williams, who since he was picked to be an astronaut in 1998 has made seven space flights and has spent more than 322 days in the stratosphere, and Josh Cassada, who has yet to make his first space flight. Both vehicles were developed in cooperation with Nasa to deliver crew members to and from the orbiting laboratory.

The astronauts assigned to the Starliner's first mission are Sunita Williams, who retired as a Navy captain, and Cmdr. He was selected for astronaut candidacy in July 2000 and was assigned to technical duties after two years of training. "The result is that we'll have a better and safer spacecraft", he said.

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In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing received contracts for $2.6 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively, to develop so-called space taxis that can ferry astronauts to and from the space station. Each astronaut flew on two shuttle missions, including Hurley on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011.

Boeing has leased two of NASA's old space shuttle hangars at KSC, known as Orbiter Processing Facilities, to build its Starliners and house two small robotic X-37B space planes it built for the Air Force.

USA astronauts now take Russian capsules to the space station, with NASA paying as much as $82 million a seat.

A few months ago, both companies had hoped to start flying people by the end of this year. Ferguson will become the first former Nasa astronaut to return to orbit as a company's crew member when he flies.

Boeing's Starliner will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The SpaceX Dragon capsule, on current timelines, is set to make its maiden crewed flight in April.

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.

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