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News Archive / Tagged: Commercial Crew

  • Weather not favoring backup Demo-2 launch dates

    Patrick AttwellMay 28th, 2020

    Yesterday’s attempt to launch NASA’s and SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station was plagued by weather issues that ultimately caused the attempt to be scrubbed. There remains the potential for weather complicate Saturday’s and Sunday’s launch attempts.

  • CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen speaks on Crew Dragon, Demo-2

    Sean CostelloMay 27th, 2020

    On the morning of SpaceX’s scheduled Demo-2 launch, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen shared his thoughts about the final test flight of Crew Dragon, and what it means to him.

  • SpaceX prepares to launch Demo-2, schedule and timeline released

    Cullen DesforgesMay 26th, 2020

    As the world waits with bated breath, the Falcon 9 carrying Crew Dragon stands tall once again on pad 39A, ready to be given the final go for launch.

  • US Space Force prepares for astronaut rescue missions

    Matt HaskellMay 22nd, 2020

    The 45th Operational Group, Detachment 3 stands ready to rescue Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in the event their missions ends in an unexpected abort.

  • Flight plans released for SpaceX’s Demo-2 crewed mission

    Cullen DesforgesMay 14th, 2020

    During a recent joint NASA / SpaceX Demo-2 mission press conference, a clear picture was painted as to what launch day activities and the ensuing flight of Crew Dragon will look like.

  • SpaceX completes final testing milestone before first crewed launch

    Matt HaskellMay 3rd, 2020

    SpaceX successfully completed its 27th test of the Mark 3 Parachute for the Crew Dragon capsule, fulfilling the final testing requirement for NASA certification and review of the parachute system. The test comes following several successful milestones, including January’s in flight Abort test.

  • SpaceX to conduct first crewed launch in late May

    Cullen DesforgesApril 17th, 2020

    On Friday April 17,2020, NASA and SpaceX announced that astronauts will launch from American soil for the first time in nearly nine years on SpaceX’s DM-2 mission in late May 2020.

  • Boeing to fly uncrewed Starliner mission for second time

    Theresa CrossApril 6th, 2020

    Boeing announced that Starliner would fly a second unmanned test mission in the Fall of 2020 from Florida due to an unsuccessful test flight in December of last year.

  • NASA adds crew member to first operational Crew Dragon mission

    Cullen DesforgesApril 5th, 2020

    HOUSTON, TX – On March 31, NASA announced that astronaut Shannon Walker will join fellow astronauts Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover on the first operation flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. A native of Houston, Walker began her NASA journey as a Flight Controller on behalf of Rockwell Collins during the […]

  • Boeing’s Starliner capsule begins much-delayed first flight: UPDATE

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 20th, 2019

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – After almost a year of continued delays, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner has finally launched. It is the culmination of years of development, but there’s still a ways to go before astronauts will be soaring aloft in the vehicle.

  • Report suggests NASA made a $1.6B Boeing mistake

    Patrick AttwellNovember 15th, 2019

    A damning new report released by NASA’s Office of Inspector General paints a dismal picture of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The report suggests one of the two participants attempted to extort the space agency for more money.

  • Astronauts install high-definition cameras outside International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonJune 15th, 2018

    Two NASA astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station to perform the sixth spacewalk of 2018 at the orbiting complex. The nearly seven-hour long outing saw the duo install new cameras in preparation for upcoming commercial crew flights.

  • Elon Musk teases SpaceX spacesuit concept

    Paul KnightlyAugust 25th, 2017

    On Aug. 23, 2017, Elon Musk released a photograph teasing the SpaceX spacesuit design that will be used on crewed flights of the Dragon 2 spacecraft. The post, which was made on both Twitter and Instagram, provided few details on the specifications of the suit beyond indicating the company has a functional design in place.

  • NASA engineers evaluate ECLSS for Commercial Crew missions

    Jose FloresMarch 23rd, 2017

    NASA engineers are hard at work performing evaluations on the life support systems vital to successful flight tests for the Commercial Crew missions as NASA prepares to return human spaceflight to the United States.

  • Spacesuit unveiled for Boeing’s Starliner

    Heather SmithJanuary 26th, 2017

    On Jan. 25, 2017, Boeing showcased its newly designed spacesuit publicly for the first time. The suit was introduced by former astronaut Chris Ferguson, who is now the director of Crew and Mission Operations for Boeing's Commercial Crew Program.