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posted by martyb on Saturday August 04 2018, @07:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the would-YOU-go? dept.

NASA Announces Astronauts for First Commercial Crew Missions

Today, NASA announced the astronaut selection for the first Commercial Crew flights, which will finally restore the ability to launch astronauts from American soil. Boeing's first test flight, which is scheduled for mid-2019, will have Eric Boe, social media-savvy astronaut Chris Ferguson and rookie Nicole Aunapu Mann on board. SpaceX's inaugural Crew Dragon voyage, targeting April 2019, will have Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins as crew.

NASA also announced the astronauts for the first missions, which will be long-duration and dock with the International Space Station. Suni Williams, who is best known for running the Boston Marathon on an ISS treadmill, will be joined by rookie astronaut Josh Cassada. And finally, the second SpaceX demo flight will be crewed by Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

Source: Engadget

NASA Names First Astronauts to Fly on American Spacecraft; SpaceX Poised to Fly Crew Before Boeing

NASA has selected nine American astronauts who will fly on SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner:

NASA introduced to the world on Friday the first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station – an endeavor that will return astronaut launches to U.S. soil for the first time since the space shuttle's retirement in 2011.

"Today, our country's dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "This accomplished group of American astronauts, flying on new spacecraft developed by our commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX, will launch a new era of human spaceflight. Today's announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation's leadership in space."

For now, SpaceX's crewed test flight is scheduled for April 2019, while Boeing's is scheduled for "mid-2019". The announcement comes days after an issue with Boeing's pad abort thrusters was revealed.

Also at BBC and Fortune.

Previously: Safety Panel Raises Concerns Over SpaceX and Boeing Commercial Crew Plans
SpaceX and Boeing Not Ready to Transport Astronauts to the International Space Station

Related: Boeing CEO Says His Company Will Carry Humans to Mars Before SpaceX


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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04 2018, @08:00PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04 2018, @08:00PM (#717307)

    On April 9, 1959, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) introduces America’s first astronauts to the press: Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald Slayton. The seven men, all military test pilots, were carefully selected from a group of 32 candidates to take part in Project Mercury, America’s first manned space program. NASA planned to begin manned orbital flights in 1961.

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-astronauts-introduced [history.com]

    These guys might be the first astronauts to fly on a commercial +/- American spacecraft. Someone more familiar with the European crafts might know their history.

    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday August 05 2018, @12:44PM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Sunday August 05 2018, @12:44PM (#717498) Journal

      Well, great news for conspiracy theorists: They can point at that headline to “prove” that until now no astronaut ever flew on an American spacecraft. Especially not to the moon. ;-)

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      The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Hartree on Saturday August 04 2018, @09:33PM (7 children)

    by Hartree (195) on Saturday August 04 2018, @09:33PM (#717317)

    I met Mike Hopkins when I was living in Albuquerque, NM. His first duty station was Kirtland AFB, and my roommate at the time who was also stationed there knew him from ROTC at the University of Illinois.
    This was long before he became an astronaut, but everyone who knew him figured he was going places. Very impressive man.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday August 04 2018, @10:45PM (6 children)

      by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday August 04 2018, @10:45PM (#717343) Homepage

      I met Josh Cassada while living in L.A. He was a member of the Grape Street Crips back then and was dealing drugs, hustling, and stealing before he was finally arrested. When a NASA employee saw in the news his mugshot along with his ability to smoke a gram of crack and jump every fence in a single city block, they knew at once that he was the right diversity success story to handle space due to his demonstrated ability to operate his body under extreme stresses.

  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04 2018, @09:50PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04 2018, @09:50PM (#717322)

    Why don't you use your cellphone to look up what happened in space in the 60s and 70s. Hint: plenty of astronauts flew on American spacecraft. Just because something happened back when there were only two genders doesn't mean it didn't happen.

    • (Score: 2) by archfeld on Saturday August 04 2018, @10:12PM (4 children)

      by archfeld (4650) <treboreel@live.com> on Saturday August 04 2018, @10:12PM (#717337) Journal

      Those were NOT commercial space flights by any means, but I totally understand your view point. Millennials have a very short attention span and no sense of history, so if it didn't happen in the last 15 minutes I didn't happen, and they 'discover' new things every day, like the great ball of fire in the sky that rises every morning. I wonder if there is an app for that ?

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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Sunday August 05 2018, @12:23AM

        by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Sunday August 05 2018, @12:23AM (#717371) Homepage Journal

        I haven't actually checked but I expect Sky & Telescope publishes one.

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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by MostCynical on Sunday August 05 2018, @01:53AM (1 child)

        by MostCynical (2589) on Sunday August 05 2018, @01:53AM (#717401) Journal

        Instagram post or it didn't happen.

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        "I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it." -Batou, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
        • (Score: 2) by archfeld on Sunday August 05 2018, @02:47AM

          by archfeld (4650) <treboreel@live.com> on Sunday August 05 2018, @02:47AM (#717410) Journal

          Sorry I was mad busy taking selfies and snapping shots of my lunch to worry about cray cray triv things like the moonshot :)

          If I was a true millennial I could have used emoticons to convey the above, but us old folks have to contend with ye olde Angliss.

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      • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Sunday August 05 2018, @07:16PM

        by isostatic (365) on Sunday August 05 2018, @07:16PM (#717578) Journal

        Sure, but the headline is "NASA Names First Astronauts to Fly on American Spacecraft". Not "Commercial American spacecraft that are going into orbit" (specify orbit as Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie both got their wings on the commercial Spaceship One) back when today's tweeters (or whatever) were still in nappys.

    • (Score: 0, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04 2018, @10:22PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04 2018, @10:22PM (#717340)

      Pedantic old fuck

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