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Nasa names astronauts for first commercial flights

04 August 2018, 06:52 | Edward Lowe

If those flights are successful, the companies will be certified by NASA for crew rotation missions.

NASA has confirmed a delay in the first piloted flights of Boeing and SpaceX, part of NASA's Commercial Crew programme to send humans to the International Space Station (ISS) on private United States spacecraft.

An unmanned Boeing flight test is scheduled for later this year, with the first crew on board in mid-2019, NASA said. And Nasa also named the astronauts for those flights as well.

NASA has always been working on developing its commercial crew programme while it can focus on its space exploration projects, the report added. Boe, Ferguson, and Nicole Aunapu Mann, a spaceflight rookie, will fly aboard Starliner sometime in mid-2019.

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NASA was established by the federal government during the Cold War to project American prestige and beat the Soviets, all in the name of space science.

In 2015, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, Eric Boe, Douglas Hurley and Sunita Williams were assigned to the commercial crew program to provide the astronaut's perspective during commercial crew development. He will be joined by Victor Glover, a Navy commander who will be making his first trip into space. Williams has already spent more than 300 days in space.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is facilitating the development of a US commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit.

"The first flight is something you dream about as a test pilot", said Hurley, who flew on the last shuttle mission. Since her selection as an astronaut in 1998, she has spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station for Expeditions 14/15 and Expeditions 32/33, commanded the space station and performed seven spacewalks. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and piloted space shuttle Endeavour for the STS-126 mission and Discovery on its final flight, STS-133.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who made the introductions at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on Friday.

In all, eight astronauts will be assigned to initial test flights and missions to the International Space Station.

Four of the five astronauts named to the first Crew Dragon and Starliner flights are spaceflight veterans. Additional crew members will be assigned by NASA's worldwide partners in the space station at a later date, the agency said. SpaceX's manned test flight will feature two NASA astronauts. Just as in the past, all human launches will originate here on the space coast.

Both Boeing and SpaceX are slightly behind schedule when it comes to their crew vehicles. "I look forward, sir, to getting you down there at some point out in Hawthorne [SpaceX's California headquarters] and maybe you can sit next to us in the cockpit and go through flying the iPhone to dock to space station".

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