A closer look at SpaceX's and Boeing's Commercial Crew Spacecraft

NASA just made thousands of hours of Apollo 11 tapes public for the first time

NASA just made thousands of hours of Apollo 11 tapes public for the first time

SpaceXNASA astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams tests mock-ups of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship and spacesuit.

Back in 2014, the USA agreed to pay Elon Musk's aerospace company SpaceX $2.6 billion for a spacecraft that could carry the nation's astronauts into orbit.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program, as it's called, will soon launch launch one uncrewed and two crewed test flights of each new spacecraft.

Also, the organization will declare the crew tasks for the foremost post-certification operation and crew flight tests for both SpaceX and Boeing, in a press conference to be chaired over by Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator.

NASA TV is broadcasting video of the announcement live from Texas.

NASA is about to name the first eight astronauts ever to fly Boeing and SpaceX's brand-new spaceships. Boeing was scheduled to launch its first crewed test mission in November 2018, with SpaceX's equivalent flight coming the next month.

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.

Both Boeing and SpaceX are building spaceships to transport astronauts and restore United States access to the space station, a capacity lost when the shuttle program was retired in 2011, as planned after 30 years of operation.

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.

They're both the result of NASA's Commercial Crew Program: a almost 10-year-long, $8-billion effort to maintain access to orbit for U.S. astronauts. However, both companies have had some problems with their vehicles lately (be it technical issues or just delays), and they have to prove that their spacecraft are safe for crewed missions to the ISS and that they can also bring them back to Earth.

NASA released an updated schedule of commercial crew test flights August 2 that confirms Boeing's revised plans as well as delays for SpaceX's two demonstration missions. Then it would have done the uncrewed demonstration flight, followed by the crewed demonstration flight, perhaps by the end of 2018.

Four of the eight astronauts will nearly certainly be Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley, and Sunita "Suni" Williams.

The other four astronauts that NASA has selected, however, aren't yet publicly known. The new flight schedule features delays on three major flight tests - the launch abort test, the first unmanned test flight, and the first crewed launch.

Under the Obama administration, NASA's Earth Science program saw the fastest growth of any science division at the agency, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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