Meet NASA's New Astronauts Flying SpaceX And Boeing Ships to Space

SpaceX Dragon

SpaceX Dragon

Set to command what is scheduled to be NASA's first launch of astronauts from USA soil in seven years is Chris Ferguson, a 56-year-old Philly-born space explorer. "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".

The return of crew flights to USA soil will end NASA's politically inconvenient reliance on Russian Federation for transporting astronauts to the ISS.

Williams and eight others were announced as the crew for the first flights in two spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX last week.

The seven men and two women will also be the first astronauts to fly in capsules developed and built by the private sector are seen in a photo released by NASA.

Boeing's capsule will be manned during the test flight by Eric Boe and Christopher Ferguson, both shuttle missions veterans, and Nicole Aunapu Mann, at her first flight to space. If both SpaceX and Boeing satisfactorily showed that they can be of service to the space agency, NASA will certify them for crew rotation missions.

"For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. NASA has worked closely with the companies throughout design, development and testing to ensure the systems meet NASA's safety and performance requirements.

California wildfire kills 2, burns firefighters
A wildfire in a rural northern region of California has tripled in size overnight and more evacuations have been ordered. The fire agency warned that these conditions included forecasts calling for high temperatures and ongoing dry weather.

USA astronauts now take Russian capsules to the space station, with NASA paying as much as $82 million a seat. He is a retired Navy captain, who piloted space shuttle Atlantis for STS-115, and commanded shuttle Endeavour on STS-126 and Atlantis for the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program, STS-135.

"It's absolutely an opportunity of a lifetime", said Mann, who was selected as an astronaut in 2013. The latter as termed by IBM was touted "the first AI companion of human beings in space".

"It will be thrilling to see our astronauts lift off from American soil, and we can't wait to see them aboard the International Space Station", Mr. Geyer said. NASA now has a contract to use the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that expires on November 2019, and the agency plans to use Boeing or SpaceX to fill the gap.

SpaceX's founder and CEO, Elon Musk believes that such reusable spaceships are of great importance and will be very helpful to reduce the expenses of future space missions which will further enable the company to take fearless steps in space tours without considering much about the cost involved.

For Mann, a former F-18 test pilot with the Marines, though, this will be her first space flight.

NASA has always been working on developing its commercial crew programme while it can focus on its space exploration projects, the report added. As it stands now, SpaceX currently holds the contract with NASA to do 12 robotic supply flights to the station for a minimum amount of $1.6 billion. She then served two combat tours, flying 47 combat missions in F/A-18s (a U.S. combat jet) as a fighter pilot over Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Hopkins logged 166 days aboard the space station in 2014. He is a Navy commander and test pilot with more than 3,500 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft.

Recommended News

  • Saudi Arabia crucifies Myanmar man convicted of murder

    Saudi Arabia crucifies Myanmar man convicted of murder

    Saudi Arabia immediately suspended new trade agreements with Canada and expelled its ambassador. Saudi state airline Saudi said it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.
    Mother says missing Iowa student may be abducted

    Mother says missing Iowa student may be abducted

    Her family and friends are posting flyers, talking to people and doing media interviews to spread awareness about the 20-year-old. Calderwood said the money would be paid to anyone who provides information that leads to her daughter's safe return.
    'Never, ever threaten the United States again' Trump tells Iran via Twitter

    'Never, ever threaten the United States again' Trump tells Iran via Twitter

    In Iran, threats and taunts toward the United States are common and part of many events sanctioned by the Iranian government. Zarif's tweet comes less than a day after Trump posted a furious Twitter warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
  • GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

    GOP Congressman charged with insider trading, lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Collins was one of President Trump's earliest congressional supporters, becoming the first member of the House to endorse Mr. His son allegedly both acted on the information and conveyed it to Stephen Zarsky, the father of his fiancee.
    European companies 'protected' from USA  sanctions following Iran nuclear row

    European companies 'protected' from USA sanctions following Iran nuclear row

    The EU's "blocking statute", aimed at shielding European companies that do business with Iran, came into effect on Tuesday . Against a backdrop of political turmoil and protests in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Mr.
    UI student Mollie Tibbetts still missing after weekend search

    UI student Mollie Tibbetts still missing after weekend search

    Anyone with information regarding Tibbetts' whereabouts is asked to call the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office at 641-623-5679. Mollie was on the track team in high school, and going for a run in the evening was not out of the ordinary for her.
  • Doubts grow over Elon Musk’s master plan to take Tesla private

    Doubts grow over Elon Musk’s master plan to take Tesla private

    China's Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK), which took a 5 percent stake in Tesla a year ago , could also be a possible partner. Most analysts were skeptical, but some said a deal could materialize if Musk succeeded in lining up the right funding.
    Trevor Noah: Why Paul Manafort Must Be So Proud

    Trevor Noah: Why Paul Manafort Must Be So Proud

    In an aggressive cross-examination on Tuesday , Manafort's lead attorney Downing said to Gates: "You stole from Mr. Manafort also included Calk on a list he emailed to Gates of people he wanted to invite to Trump's inauguration.
    Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years

    Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed Saturn and Mars near their closest approaches to Earth in June and July 2018. This proximity gives the Red Planet its brightest appearance in the night sky since the 2003 opposition.
  • Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

    Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

    There could be a sentiment among allies that, "Finally the Trudeau government is getting poked back in the eye by the Saudis". Media reports also suggest Saudi Arabia may cancel thousands of scholarships for students attending school in Canada.
    Zuckerberg loses $16 billion in record Facebook fall

    Zuckerberg loses $16 billion in record Facebook fall

    Still, investors weren't prepared for numerous bombshells dropped by Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner . Facebook on Wednesday reported second-quarter sales and user growth that fell short of analysts' projections.
    Vettel sorry, takes blame for crash

    Vettel sorry, takes blame for crash

    Vettel entered the 52nd lap of the 67-lap race having led 38 of the race's first 51 laps. Ferrari called Raikkonen to the pits early in a bid to upset the Mercedes up ahead.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.