NASA names astronauts for first commercial space flights
NASA names astronauts for first commercial space flights
Boeing Starliner Test Flights Slip – SpacePolicyOnline.com
08 August, 2018, 21:30
Since the shuttle was retired seven years ago, USA astronauts have had to fly on Russian rockets from a remote launch site in Kazakhstan.
As Dragon prepares to carry humans for the first time, the spacecraft continues to make regular trips to the International Space Station carrying cargo under SpaceX's Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Now, we know the names of those launches' first passengers.
"What an exciting and awesome day", Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said at the announcement at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
"We're ushering in this new era of American spaceflight".
The goal is vital for NASA's future space station experiments. An astronaut of Indian origin Sunita Williams is among the nine.
Glover is the fourth Cal Poly graduate to become an astronaut. Mann is a U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and pilot of the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet, while Boe is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who was a test pilot on the Boeing F-15. It will be Mr. Glover's first time in space. "As a test pilot, it doesn't get any better than this".
As per IT House, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft was launched on June 29, carrying a massive 2,697 kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station, which included experimental materials, spacewalking equipment, artificial intelligence jointly developed by IBM and Airbus.
Four of the five astronauts named to the first Crew Dragon and Starliner flights are spaceflight veterans. In any case, SpaceX is now the presumed leader of the race to capture the flag left on the station by the final space shuttle crew-a flag that has been waiting to return to Earth for eight years and counting. She then served two combat tours, flying 47 combat missions in F/A-18s (a United States combat jet) as a fighter pilot over Iraq and Afghanistan. This will be Ms. Mann's first launch, having joined the astronaut corps in 2013. She has spent 322 days in orbit during two missions to the space station. No female astronaut has logged more spacewalk time. "That's going to help all of us understand how to live and work in space".
"The engineer in me always thought if I'm not flying a spaceship, I ought to be part of the team building one", Ferguson recently told Boeing.
Williams is a U.S. Navy captain and is the namesake of the Sunita L. Williams Elementary School in Needham, which is expected to open next year. He's performed six spacewalks totaling almost 40 hours.
Mr. Behnken, Mr. Boe, Mr. Hurley and Mr. Williams were named in 2015 as NASA's "commercial crew cadre" and have been working with Boeing and SpaceX on the development of the spacecraft and the simulators that will be used to train astronauts to fly.
Glover, a former Navy commander and test pilot, was also among the 2013 astronaut class.
The space agency has reason to be eager.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommended NASA pursue a backup plan for getting astronauts to the ISS, as its contract with Russian Federation to send them to the station via Soyuz launches in Kazakhstan ends at the close of 2019.
NASA's investment also aims to boost private industry, which has flocked into low-Earth orbit in recent years for tourism, the satellite industry, and more.
SpaceX said it would fly crews by April of next year.
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