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Month NASA Will Be Declaring Crew Members For SpaceX And Boeing

Boeing and SpaceX were awarded a $6 billion contract three years ago to develop spacecraft to become the replacement vehicles to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Those spacecraft, SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100, are now months away from their first uncrewed test flights from Cape Canaveral.

Demo-1 is scheduled to lift off in November of this year from KSC's historic Pad 39A, which also served as the jumping-off point for NASA's Apollo moon missions.

A report issued last month by a USA government auditor said Boeing and SpaceX are unlikely to be able to send astronauts to the ISS next year, resulting in a possible gap in the U.S. presence on the spacecraft.

The crews for Boeing's demonstration flight, and for SpaceX's parallel demonstration flight, are to be announced amid fanfare at NASA's Johnson Space Center on Friday.

Each test flight will provide data on the performance of the rockets, spacecraft, ground systems, and operations to ensure the systems are safe to fly astronauts.

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SpaceX's craft - the Crew Dragon - will be launched into space atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket.

Since the retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet in 2011, there's been just one vehicle ferrying crewmembers to and from the International Space Station (ISS) - Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. 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 U.S. government has invested about $100 billion.

In March, teams from Boeing, NASA and ULA gathered in control rooms across the country for an integrated crew exercise of Boeing's Orbital Flight Test. Boeing also completed two joint rendezvous docking system simulations with the space station. When testing in a negative light showed itself, the system of emergency rescue crew.

The crews will begin training to get ready for their launch.

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The hardware for these uncrewed missions is being prepared for launch.

Boeing had planned to start with the pad abort test, which would make use of a "pusher" rocket system created to throw the capsule clear of its launch vehicle in the event of an emergency. Crew for Boeing's Crew Flight Test and SpaceX's Demo-2 flights will each include at least a flight commander and pilot aboard to test out the systems.

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. In this simulation, DOD pararescue specialists jumped from military aircraft, parachuted to the water, and simulated stabilizing the Crew Dragon capsule and safely removing astronauts from the spacecraft.

NASA robotics technologist Brian Roberts said, "When your auto stops working or runs out of gas, you don't leave it on the side of the road". Flights without any people are expected before the end of 2018, followed by two crewed missions sometime in 2019.

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