In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA conveys an urgency in completing the test phases of its Commercial Crew Program, a multi-year effort to develop Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for the transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
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It looks like SpaceX is now prioritizing Crew Dragon which is great for NASACoalition Member in the News – BoeingArs Technica (10/8): SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk is stepping up efforts to carry out a critical in flight abort test of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon in response to concerns within NASA that delays in its Commercial Crew Program could leave the agency without a means of transporting U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Musk indicated that hardware for an in-flight abort test in late November or early December is en-route to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch site. Currently, NASA’s last seat on a Russian Soyuz, which has provided Space Station transportation since the space shuttle fleet’s 2011 retirement, is in March. SpaceX is also working a spacecraft parachute issue.
Musk says Crew Dragon tests will be done in about 10 weeksCoalition Member in the News ...