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News Archive / Tagged: Commercial Crew Program

  • Boeing and SpaceX Commercial Crew Program launch dates slip even further

    Jason RhianOctober 5th, 2018

    NASA's Commercial Crew Program continues to see its test flights delayed.

  • SpaceX 7 months away from 1st crewed test flight

    Jason RhianSeptember 2nd, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX continues to take breathtaking leaps in terms of returning the United States' ability to launch astronauts from American soil. Plans to finalize launch day operations are underway and the NewSpace company is working with NASA to ensure key launch systems are ready to support flight.

  • Gallery: Under the Dragon’s wings – astronauts promote SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX provided an update on the status of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft on Monday, Aug. 12. The event heralded the start of flights to and from the International Space Station. The first crews tapped to fly Crew Dragon's first flights, Robert Behnken, Doug Hurley, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins helped mark the occasion.

  • NASA astronauts stand behind SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft

    Matthew KuhnsAugust 14th, 2018

    HAWTHORNE, Calif. -- SpaceX has made strides in having their Crew Dragon spacecraft transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). One of the crown jewels in the NewSpace firm's efforts was highlighted on Monday Aug. 13. However, the company was not alone in marking the progress SpaceX has made toward sending crews to low-Earth orbit.

  • Gallery: NASA Announces astronauts who will fly first Commercial Crew missions

    Jason RhianAugust 3rd, 2018

    HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 NASA announced the astronauts who would fly the first flights of the capsules developed under the space agency's Commercial Crew Program. It was a pomp-filled event that could herald a new era in NASA's history.

  • GAO report on Commercial Crew suggests: ‘The hell they will launch (operational crew) before 2019’

    Jason RhianJuly 13th, 2018

    Predictions by SpaceX's president, Gwynn Shotwell, that the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft would fly with astronauts by 2018 appear to be inaccurate. Similarly Boeing's entry in NASA's Commercial Crew Program are not expected to able to achieve key certification objectives this year either, according to a government report.

  • SpaceX’s Crew Dragon edging closer to flight

    Curt GodwinMay 27th, 2018

    To test a spacecraft for electromagnetic interference (EMI), it is placed in a special room designed for the task. SpaceX has done just that. Recently, company founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted a picture of the Crew Dragon capsule being prepared for testing in an anechoic chamber.

  • NASA may be warming to the idea of SpaceX’s “load-and-go” fueling procedure

    Curt GodwinMay 25th, 2018

    NASA appears to be considering SpaceX's "load and go" process of fueling the company's Falcon 9 rocket. However, could it still cause it issues with NASA's Commercial Crew Program?

  • NASA and 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 is working to enable private contractors to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, has taken a step closer to crewed flights. The two prime contractors have conducted 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.