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Today’s Deep Space Extra

10 Oct 2019, 13:34 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and its Commercial Crew Program partners are working to refine the final test milestones to achieve certification of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to begin schedule transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
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Boeing, SpaceX press towards commercial crew test flights this yearCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpaceNews.com (10/9): Boeing has outlined plans to achieve two key milestones in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, a near decade long initiative to develop a U.S. commercial capability to transport astronauts to and from the six person International Space Station (ISS). Those include a launch pad abort test without a crew aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner from White Sands, N.M., currently planned for November 4 and an uncrewed launch of the Starliner to the space station on December 17. John Mulholland, a Boeing vice president and program manager, outlined the plans at the International Symposium for Commercial and Personal Spaceflight underway this week in Las Cruces, N.M. SpaceX, NASA’s second Commercial Crew Program partner, plans an uncrewed in flight abort test in late November or early December. SpaceX in March carried out an uncrewed flight test of its Dragon ...

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