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However, NASA indicated in April that it may "operationalize" the Boeing test flight and fly three, instead of two crew.

It became known that in the first spaceship Boeing has said it.

"This was above and beyond the NASA requirement in the contract", said Kathy Lueders, Commercial Crew Program manager at NASA Kennedy.

At an 11 a.m. ET event held at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Administrator Jim Bridenstine will name the astronauts who will test fly SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner for the first two-person missions.

The Commercial Crew program carries some urgency because NASA has no contingency plan to keep shuttling astronauts to and from the station after next year.

SpaceX, however, did move up the uncrewed test flight of its Dragon spacecraft from December to November of this year.

No launch date has been set for NASA's satellite fix demonstration, but the mission is expected to happen between 2020 and 2022.

NASA's updated timeline did not provide reasons for the delays.

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SpaceX has not publicly revised its Crew Dragon schedule. More experience in space.

All the astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have been taken there on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since the retirement of the American shuttle in 2011.

NASA is making crew assignments now for the Boeing Crew Flight Test and SpaceX Demo-2 to support flight training as we return to launching our astronauts from American soil. The Obama Administration initiated a "commercial crew" program similar to commercial cargo with the goal of having two systems in operation by 2015, a four-year gap in the US ability to launch people into space.

Numerous team members leading the unique public-private partnership believe the agency is on the cusp of something life changing with its Commercial Crew Program.

Boeing continues to manufacture its Starliner spacecraft inside NASA Kennedy Space Center's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility in Florida. Since then, NASA has been forced to rely exclusively on Russia's increasingly expensive Soyuz spaceships to get to the International Space Station (ISS), in which the USA government has invested about $100 billion.

Crew Dragon is also outfitted with an emergency escape system, which consists of eight SuperDraco engines built into the capsule's walls.

In July, the dual engine Centaur for the ULA Atlas V rocket that will launch Starliner in the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test was completed.

In March, SpaceX performed two parachute tests, the company's 14th and 15th overall parachute test supporting Crew Dragon development in the Mojave Desert in Southern California. SpaceX is targeting April 2019 for its crewed demonstration flight, Demo-2. "After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions". The spacecraft will dock and undock autonomously to the space station before flying their crew back to Earth. The company said it has identified the root cause of that incident and will make both operational and technical changes to ensure the valves close properly in the future. That resulted in a leak of toxic hypergolic propellant, but no damage to the hardware and no injuries to the test team, he said.


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