NASA paid seed money to SpaceX and Boeing to incentivize them to develop the crew capsules, picking up where the shuttle program left off. Announced today is the initial crew manifest for both the test flight and the first mission each company will undertake. "Today's announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation's leadership in space". (BA) to the punch when it comes to flying astronauts to the International Space Station. 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.
USA astronauts now ride on Russian capsules to the space station, with NASA paying as much as $82 million a seat. "To meet NASA's requirements, the commercial providers must demonstrate that their systems are ready to begin regular flights to the space station".
Joining Ferguson on the maiden flight will be Eric Boe, a former shuttle pilot, and Nicole Aunapu Mann, who will make her first trip into space. Josh Cassada and Suni Williams will be the second crew for the Starliner and Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins will be the second crew for the Dragon.
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After successful completion of the flight tests with crew, NASA will review flight data to verify the systems meet the agency's safety and performance certification requirements.
The Commercial Crew program, on the whole, has experienced numerous delays and budget shortfalls as Boeing and SpaceX work to bring crewed launches back to the U.S. He commanded the final shuttle mission in 2011 and retired from NASA that same year.
Glover, a former Navy commander and test pilot, was also among the 2013 astronaut class. The astronauts will travel in the new Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon. The capsules, made by SpaceX and Boeing, will ferry the astronauts and cargo back and forth to the International Space Station.
"For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts from American rockets on American soil", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a televised briefing on Friday.
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When you think about who's in charge of cutting-edge spaceflight in 2018, SpaceX is probably the first name that comes to mind. As a naval aviator, she flew combat missions during operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom before becoming a naval test pilot. Since the final shuttle mission ended, NASA has paid Russian Federation about $70 million per seat to carry astronauts to and from ISS. Also onboard will be Air Force colonel Michael Hopkins, selected to be a NASA astronaut in 2009, and who has already spent 166 days on the International Space Station for Expeditions 37/38, along with conducting two spacewalks.
"This is the stuff of dreams ... this is a test pilot's dream", he said.
Some of the newly named crew, like Cassada, joined NASA expecting to fly on Soyuz spacecraft before any new American ship. Ms. Williams previously logged 321 days in orbit on two stays aboard the space station, most recently returning to the Earth in 2012.
NASA assigns astronauts to SpaceX, Boeing test flights
NASA introduces the astronauts assigned to the first flights of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. Ferguson, who has been involved from the start in the Starliner's development, flew three shuttle missions as a Nasa astronaut.