NASA announces new astronaut class

04 August, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Bridget Leonard
  • NASA announces new astronaut class

"For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", he told the enthusiastic audience. Between the end of the space shuttle program and the start of commercial crew operations, Nasa's crew members have and are continuing to launch to the space station on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Nasa has named the astronauts who will fly the first missions into space on commercially provided rockets and capsules, starting next year.

NASA recently assigned nine astronauts to four commercial crew flights on upcoming Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft.

NASA's schedule for Starliner flights confirmed what a Boeing executive said a day earlier: The first uncrewed mission to the station (Boeing Orbital Flight Test) would take place in late 2018 or early 2019, and the first crewed mission (Boeing Crew Flight Test) would follow five to six months later. NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design, development and testing to ensure the systems meet NASA's safety and performance requirements. At first, it seemed like a logical idea - private space enterprises are rapidly becoming all the rage in the United States and beyond, with more than one private company already planning their own space stations for the decades to come.

Victor Glover: Glover was selected as an astronaut in 2013 after a career in the Navy as a test pilot. The US Air Force fighter pilot Colonel has also served as a test pilot.

"Space has transformed the American way of life", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The first Boeing trip to the orbiting outpost includes Josh Cassada, who has never been in space before, and Suni Williams, who is one of the most experienced American astronauts in history, having spent a cumulative 321 days in orbit through her career. Josh Cassada of the Navy, who will be making his first voyage into space. He has spent 166 days on the International Space Station for Expeditions 37/38, and conducted two spacewalks. It won't be the first time SpaceX trounces Boeing.

"With 40 years' difference in avionics and technology, we have squeezed a lot more into a smaller ship", said Chris Ferguson, who now works directly for Boeing on its Starliner program and who commanded the very last space shuttle flight, in 2011. It would be the first space trip for Mann.


Boeing's Starliners will soar on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rockets.

NASA's continuous presence on the space station for nearly 18 years has enabled technology demonstrations and research in biology and biotechnology, Earth and space science, human health, physical sciences.

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But NASA's options may be limited by the worldwide agreements that established the station in 1998.

The new spaceflight capability provided by Boeing and SpaceX will allow NASA to maintain a crew of seven astronauts on the space station, thereby maximizing scientific research that leads to breakthroughs and also aids in understanding and mitigating the challenges of long-duration spaceflight.

The contracts for travel to the International Space Station were awarded in 2014.

The nine individuals will go up on systems developed by - and contracted from - the Boeing and SpaceX firms.

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