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NASA May Approve Manned Flights For Boeing And SpaceX Spacecraft

25 July 2017
SPACE reports that “NASA published July 20 what it called ‘the most recent publicly-releasable dates’ of the test flights of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon vehicles. Each company, under terms of Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts awarded in September 2014, are required to first fly an uncrewed test flight of their spacecraft, followed by one with astronauts on board.” The latest schedules anticipate a SpaceX “crewed test flight in June 2018” and a Boeing “crewed test flight in August 2018.” While speaking at the ISS Research and Development Conference last week, “Musk acknowledged that developing the Crew Dragon spacecraft has been ‘way more difficult’ than the cargo version of Dragon currently flying. ‘As soon as people enter the picture, it’s really a giant step up in making sure things go right,’ he said. ‘The oversight from NASA is much tougher’.” If NASA signs off on the manned flight tests, the United Launch Alliance, “who will launch the [Boeing] CST-100 on Atlas 5 rockets,” also has to agree on the flight schedule before the final launch date. (Image: Launch Pad 39A Modifications for SpaceX Launches. Credit: NASA)
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