On August 3, the space agency will declare the astronauts consigned to team the foremost flight tests and assignments of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing CST-100 Starliner, and start a new period in American spaceflights, as said by NASA in a statement. Anyone now assigned to a space mission also won't be picked for the Boeing and SpaceX flights, NASA told Business Insider.
If those uncrewed missions go well, Boeing and SpaceX will each follow with two crewed flights in 2019.
The space agency will announce Friday in Houston which of the four commercial crew astronauts will be on board the first of those launches with crew.
The Commercial Crew program carries some urgency because NASA has no contingency plan to keep shuttling astronauts to and from the station after next year.
In light of Boeing's schedule adjustment, will that crew arrive on a Starliner or on SpaceX's Dragon spaceship?
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The announcement is a big deal because the last American crew-carrying spacecraft - NASA's fleet of four space shuttle orbiters - retired in July 2011.
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Chris Ferguson, Boeing's director of Starliner Crew and Mission Systems and a former NASA shuttle astronaut, wears the new launch-and-entry suit that Boeing unveiled previous year at Kennedy Space Center.
Among the options being considered by NASA is to use the crewed flight test as a crew rotation flight by adding a third astronaut to the mission and extending its stay from two weeks to as long as six months.
"Safely and reliably flying commercial crew missions for NASA remains the highest priority for SpaceX", said Benji Reed, Director of Crew Mission Management at SpaceX.
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He cautioned them that the term could imply that Manafort was associating with "despicable people and therefore he's despicable". Rabin testified that Manafort paid him to make TV advertisements for political parties and candidates in the Ukraine.
Crew Dragon is a modified version of its cargo counterpart, and will also launch atop the Falcon 9.
The hardware for these uncrewed missions is being prepared for launch. SpaceX is targeting April 2019 for its crewed demonstration flight, Demo-2. The crewed test flights were also supposed to take place this year - Boeing's in November and SpaceX's in December.
Boeing had planned to start with the pad abort test, which would make use of a "pusher" rocket system created to throw the capsule clear of its launch vehicle in the event of an emergency.
The Expedition 56 crew has finished loading Dragon with sensitive research results and station gear for analysis and refurbishment back on Earth.
Mulholland added that he has no "visibility into SpaceX progress or the fidelity of the SpaceX schedule", and that they only focus on making "sure we do everything we can to ensure a safe vehicle and meeting the schedule parameters that I've laid out". The company said it has identified the root cause of that incident and will make both operational and technical changes to ensure the valves close properly in the future.
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