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NASA Moving Forward With SpaceX and Boeing Crewed Capsules This Year

NASA Moving Forward With SpaceX and Boeing Crewed Capsules This Year”

On Thursday NASA released target dates for both the Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Dragon capsules to begin testing. The last manned mission to take off from the US was back in July of 2011 with the launch of the STS-135 mission. Once operational, these commercial crew systems will return the United States to an era when "American astronauts are launched on American rockets from American soil" as the program's advocates often say. SpaceX seems to be ahead in the game or at least appears to be working at an accelerated rate.

After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions. NASA's Commercial Crew Program will return human spaceflight launches to USA soil, providing reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit on systems that meet our safety and mission requirements.

NASA last reported the schedule on October 5, 2017. Right now, crew members headed to the ISS must fly on Russian Soyuz spacecraft launched from Baikanor, Kazakhstan.



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