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Crewmembers For Boeing, SpaceX First Test Flights To Be Named Friday

03 August 2018

The survey helped ensure crew members will have acceptable visibility as they prepare to launch aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft on the Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station.

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. Four more NASA astronauts, as well as a Boeing astronaut, will be announced Friday.

Also, the organization will declare the crew tasks for the foremost post-certification operation and crew flight tests for both SpaceX and Boeing, in a press conference to be chaired over by Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator.

NASA is all prepared to declare the names of the astronauts allocated to the new commercial crew capsules from SpaceX and Boeing, early next month.

Starliner's launch abort system, created to eject the crew pod a safe distance from the rocket in case of an emergency, relies on four engines developed by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

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At the same time, rival company SpaceX is still on track for the August launch of DM-1, the unmanned demonstration mission of its Crew Dragon capsule, note the sources. "SpaceX is targeting November 2018 for Crew Dragon's first demonstration mission and April 2019 for Crew Dragon's second demonstration mission, which will carry two NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station".

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NASA plans to announce its final decision on the crews - two astronauts for each of the four crewed test flights - on Friday morning.

In March, teams from Boeing, NASA and ULA gathered in control rooms across the country for an integrated crew exercise of Boeing's Orbital Flight Test. Boeing also completed two joint rendezvous docking system simulations with the space station.

SpaceX has not publicly revised its Crew Dragon schedule. When testing in a negative light showed itself, the system of emergency rescue crew.

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■ PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem), a mission to monitor the planet's ocean health, which has not yet launched. The first flights were scheduled for 2018. The idea is that other customers will emerge and the company will have a profitable business that does not rely exclusively on government contracts.

It was Ferguson and his crew who left a US flag behind on the space station during the last shuttle mission in 2011, to be picked up by the next space crew to be launched from USA soil. Starliner and Crew Dragon will dock and undock autonomously to the space station before returning the crew safely home.

In June, the Crew Dragon capsule for SpaceX's uncrewed flight test, Demo-1, arrived at Plum Brook Station at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio. "We want to do some climate science, but we aren't going to do some of the insane stuff that the previous administration did", Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in May 2017 while discussing Trump's first budget proposal.

NASA robotics technologist Brian Roberts said, "When your auto stops working or runs out of gas, you don't leave it on the side of the road".

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Crewmembers For Boeing, SpaceX First Test Flights To Be Named Friday