Among the options being considered by NASA is to use the crewed flight test as a crew rotation flight by adding a third astronaut to the mission and extending its stay from two weeks to as long as six months.
"A new era in American spaceflight": NASA is about to name at least eight astronauts that will fly the Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon for the first time. As a partner approaches its target readiness date, NASA will work with the company and the Eastern Range to identify launch dates within the busy International Space Station schedule to ensure science investigations, as well as logistics activities and critical operations continue while these new spacecraft are tested.
Since then, astronauts have relied on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to transport them to and from the orbiting space station. Currently, in addition to manned spacecraft Boeing to deliver cargo into orbit is used a camera Crew Dragon company SpaceX.
Also, the most recent planet-hunting probe of NASA-the TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)-has begun its hunt for new worlds around close by stars, as said by the US Space organization.
A failed test of the abort engines on Boeing's Starliner spacecraft will delay the company's maiden uncrewed test flight into late this year or early next year, the company has confirmed.
"Both partners said they really wanted to have an uncrewed flight test to make sure the integrated rockets, spacecraft and re-entry systems are all working as created to be able to ensure the integrated system is functioning". But for what it's worth, SpaceX still has to receive NASA's human-rated safety certification for the Block 5 version of its Falcon 9 rocket, including propellant tanks that were redesigned in the wake of the 2016 explosion.More news: Tax-Free Weekend Approaching For Back-To-School Shoppers
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Who Will Be Part of the Commercial Crew?"And NASA will be the anchor tenant", said scientist in residence John Charles at Space Center Houston.
It is still not clear which company, Boeing or SpaceX, will launch humans first.
Science has to be relevant to our daily lives Casey Dreier, the director of space policy at the Planetary Society, which lobbies for greater funding of space science and exploration, says most people see science in the context of how it affects our daily lives.
SpaceX has not publicly revised its Crew Dragon schedule.
In July, SpaceX shipped its Crew Dragon spacecraft to Kennedy Space Center in Florida for processing in preparation for Demo-1, and completed its first high-altitude balloon drop test - and 17th overall parachute system test - in the Mojave Desert from ~50,000 feet.
In June, the Crew Dragon capsule for SpaceX's uncrewed flight test, Demo-1, arrived at Plum Brook Station at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio. If history is any guide, the crews taking the spotlight on Friday will have even more time to train.