NASA's Commercial Crew Program Target Test Flight Dates

SpaceX Dragon Returns To Earth With Live Mice 4100 Pounds Of Cargo In Tow

SpaceX Dragon Returns To Earth With Live Mice 4100 Pounds Of Cargo In Tow

As part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, the next iteration of NASA's manned missions to space, SpaceX and Boeing are preparing for the final stages before their first launch. The last manned mission to take off from the USA was back in July of 2011 with the launch of the STS-135 mission. That could change soon with both Boeing and SpaceX working to convince NASA that they can start serving as a taxi service for astronauts heading to the International Space Station. Before either flight is given the go-ahead, both companies will need to complete a battery of safety tests. NASA's Commercial Crew Program will return human spaceflight launches to US soil, providing reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit on systems that meet our safety and mission requirements. It must rely on Russia to ferry crews back and forth to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA last reported the schedule on October 5, 2017.

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