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News Archive / Tagged: Commercial Crew Program

  • NASA, Boeing add option for extended Starliner Crew Flight Test

    Derek RichardsonApril 9th, 2018

    With the timeline for the first operational human flights for the Commercial Crew Program gradually slipping to the right and into 2019, Boeing last year proposed adding a third crew member to the first Crew Flight Test of the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station, NASA announced.

  • Companies test spacecraft parachutes as first Commercial Crew flights near

    Collin SkocikApril 5th, 2018

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will employ private contractors to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, has taken a step closer to crewed flights as the two prime contractors conduct the latest round of tests of their spacecraft parachute systems.

  • CST-100 Starliner reentry thrusters delivered

    Derek RichardsonMarch 18th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is expected to have its first test flight sometime later in 2018. To support that test, Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed the delivery of the crew module’s reentry thrusters.

  • What was a SpaceX Crew Dragon doing in Port Canaveral?

    Jason RhianFebruary 25th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It appears a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft had come to Port Canaveral. Affixed to the back of Go Searcher vessel that had arrived in port on Saturday, Feb. 24. The "capsule" appeared to sport the side-mounted SuperDraco thrusters - but what was it really?

  • Launch dates of SpaceX and Boeing Commercial Crew Program spacecraft slip

    Collin SkocikJanuary 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hopes NASA's private partners on the agency's Commercial Crew Program would launch crewed spacecraft by the end of this year (2018) have been dashed. Reports have come in that, at the earliest, these so-called "space taxis" won't be flying until 2019, with it more likely they'll fly sometime in the 2020 time frame.

  • Boeing CST-100 Starliner one step closer to flight with completion of DCR

    Jason RhianJanuary 4th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The first flight of Boeing's CST-100 "Starliner" craft is one step closer to flight with the successful completion of an Atlas V Launch Segment Design Certification Review (DCR). Colorado-based United Launch Alliance announced on Thursday, Jan. 4, that the review had been completed in support of Boeing's efforts to send astronauts to the ISS via Starliner.

  • U.S. astronauts may continue to launch aboard Soyuz into 2020

    Curt GodwinJune 23rd, 2017

    According to a report from the Russian news agency TASS, not only will U.S. astronauts launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz spacecraft through 2019, but also there is a strong possibility that Boeing will engage their Russian counterpart to continue the service through 2020.

  • Zip-riding to safety: Boeing, ULA test emergency egress system

    Jason RhianApril 4th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed testing its Emergency Egress System (EES), one of the milestones under NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). It was developed specifically for use on Boeing's entry in this program, the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

  • Returning astronauts safely: Starliner test provides crucial re-entry data

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 3rd, 2017

    Boeing is currently in the midst of parachute drop tests for its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, which are being carried out to ensure future astronauts a safe return from space. The latest test, conducted on Feb. 22 at Spaceport America in New Mexico, provided a wealth of data essential for the safety of crews during re-entry into the atmosphere.

  • International Space Station PMA-3 docking module relocated

    Derek RichardsonMarch 27th, 2017

    Ground-based robotics teams remotely commanded the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2 to move the Space Shuttle-era Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) 3 to the forward end of the outpost. The March 26, 2017, relocation was part of a multi-year effort to prepare the ISS for future commercial crew spacecraft.

  • SpaceX’s 2018 Moon mission faces significant challenges

    Curt GodwinMarch 15th, 2017

    Last month's announcement that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon in late 2018 – fresh on the heels of a similar announcement from NASA – has ignited considerable debate among industry insiders, pundits, and followers of the New Space company.

  • Preliminary GAO report calls commercial crew vehicles into question

    Bart LeahyFebruary 6th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal stated in a recent report that the GAO has expressed new concerns about the safety of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in a preliminary report to Congress. The early version of the document, which has not yet been posted online, reported cracks in the turbopump blades of the Merlin engine, among other faults.

  • Boeing ships Starliner test article to California, simulator to Texas

    Joe LatrellJanuary 24th, 2017

    Boeing's CST-100 Starliner program continues to make progress with two major advancements. In California, the Structural Test Article (STA) arrived at the Huntington Beach facilities. Meanwhile, in Houston, the Starliner flight simulator was delivered for installation.

  • NASA mulls purchasing Soyuz seats—from Boeing?

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2017

    Despite the Commercial Crew Program being years behind schedule, NASA has said for the last number of months that it has no plans to purchase additional Soyuz seats from Russia past the end of 2018. While that may technically hold true, the U.S. space agency is, however, looking to buy Soyuz seats acquired by Boeing.

  • NASA awards four more Commercial Crew missions

    Heather SmithJanuary 6th, 2017

    NASA has awarded four rotation missions to Boeing and SpaceX, allowing the partners to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts are currently under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts which bring the number of missions awarded to each provider to six.