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NASA to announce new astronaut class on Friday

NASA to announce new astronaut class on Friday

Nasa "has contracted six missions, with as many as four astronauts per mission, for each company", the agency said.

"To work and live in space is just a humbling and unbelievable blessing in and of itself, and now to have the opportunity to work with these great companies on something that is so important to our nation and to NASA", Glover said.

They will be the first Americans to launch into space from USA soil since NASA's space shuttle program retired in 2011.Since then, the us has relied on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to carry Americans space.

"This is a big deal for our country and we want America to know that we are back, that we are flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine said as he unveiled the crew members in Houston, Texas. American astronauts have still traveled to space, but they've used Russia's Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of about $80 million per seat.

Boeing plans to do an uncrewed flight test of its CST-100 Starliner later this year or early next year. The launch window for the mission opens at 3:48 a.m EDT on August 11, 2018. SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon, while Boeing will launch its CST-100 Starliner. Their mission is scheduled for April 2019. He served more than 24 years in the US Marine Corps as a fighter pilot and a test pilot. "As a test pilot, it doesn't get any better than this". I've watched people and teams come together these last few years, and now we're getting close to space flight.

In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing received contracts for $2.6 billion and $4.2 billion, respectively, to develop space capsules that can ferry astronauts to and from the space station. He will be joined by veteran astronaut Suni Williams, who has spent more than 50 hours on spacewalks and ran the first marathon in space on board the ISS in 2007. The first Crew Dragon post-certification mission will be flown by Victor Glover, another rookie astronaut selected in 2013, and Mike Hopkins, who spent 166 days on one station mission.

It's been a long trip for these astronauts.

The agency landed on the Commercial Crew program, which would see Boeing and SpaceX build new vehicles that could deliver astronauts to the space station.

Bob Behnken: Behnken is a native of St. Ann, Missouri. The astronauts have been training with SpaceX and Boeing, on top of their NASA work, ever since.

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.




Ferguson commanded the final mission of the space shuttle program, and Hurley was the pilot on that flight. Just as in the past, all human launches will originate here on the space coast.

American astronauts haven't launched from the US since 2011, and the first commercial company to make that happen first will undoubtedly receive accolades.

NASA has been collaborating with commercial space companies for years, with the goal of having the private sector take over "routine" trips to the space station and low Earth orbit.

Williams said in Friday's interview that the new mission was "a test pilot's dream".

SpaceX's Crew Dragon will launch on the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

The test flight astronauts on the Crew Dragon, both of whom joined NASA in 2000, will be Col. In fact, they've already changed this week. Boeing most recently suffered a problem while testing its emergency abort system and its first test flight has been delayed until at least mid-2019. The first crewed flights would then follow by the end of 2018.

Now, SpaceX will launch its uncrewed test flight in November 2018, with the first crewed flight next spring.

The crew missions have been delayed repeatedly because of the technical challenges and difficulties of making spacecraft safe for humans.

Both Boeing and SpaceX have faced setbacks and delays - with the latest schedule slips being announced on Thursday.

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell touched on that today during the crew announcement.


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