NASA announces SpaceX crewed flight June 2019

NASA has announced the first crewed flight by a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to take place in June 2019. A manned flight on Boeing spacecraft is set to follow in August 2019.

The crews will be using new lighter spacesuits developed by SpaceX and Boeing.

It will be the first manned US launch to the orbiting research laboratory since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011, forcing US astronauts to hitch costly rides aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Both missions are considered tests: the two astronauts transported in each flight will spend two weeks aboard the orbiting ISS before returning to Earth.

In the long term, NASA will use SpaceX and Boeing to take astronauts to the ISS for regular missions, which last about six months.

SpaceX will carry out an uncrewed test in January 2019, and Boeing in March 2019.

SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 rocket for its launch with a Crew Dragon capsule attached on top.

Boeing’s Starliner ship will be propelled into space by an Atlas V rocket made by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture with Lockheed Martin.

44 thoughts on “NASA announces SpaceX crewed flight June 2019”

  1. The Trump administration doesn’t like unnecessary and expensive government programs” That must be what that whole $1.1T FY ’19 deficit is about.

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  2. The Trump administration doesn’t like unnecessary and expensive government programs””That must be what that whole $1.1T FY ’19 deficit is about.”””

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  3. Something to consider: This is the first crewed spacecraft NASA has certified in almost 40 years…meaning it’s “new” to darn near every person at NASA. Sure, there are a few graybeards hanging about from the 70s/early 80s, but no new crew vehicles since the Shuttle. I suspect they are going about it v..e..r..y s..l..o..w..l..y just to make sure they’ve got the process down (again). Nobody wants another Apollo 1…

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  4. Something to consider: This is the first crewed spacecraft NASA has certified in almost 40 years…meaning it’s ew”” to darn near every person at NASA. Sure”” there are a few graybeards hanging about from the 70s/early 80s”” but no new crew vehicles since the Shuttle. I suspect they are going about it v..e..r..y s..l..o..w..l..y just to make sure they’ve got the process down (again). Nobody wants another Apollo 1…”””

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  5. Actually, that’s one of the things that needs to be tested. It will be the first time the new docking port is used …. and of course it was designed to be compatible.

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  6. Actually that’s one of the things that needs to be tested. It will be the first time the new docking port is used …. and of course it was designed to be compatible.

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  7. Something to consider: This is the first crewed spacecraft NASA has certified in almost 40 years…meaning it’s “new” to darn near every person at NASA. Sure, there are a few graybeards hanging about from the 70s/early 80s, but no new crew vehicles since the Shuttle. I suspect they are going about it v..e..r..y s..l..o..w..l..y just to make sure they’ve got the process down (again). Nobody wants another Apollo 1…

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  8. Yes, Obama could have ordered NASA to keep the Space Shuttle flying. You know, the Space Shuttle which had already killed 14 astronauts and had a per-seat cost more than twice that of Soyuz. Would you have been applauding him for that? Instead, thanks to decisions taken on his watch, America is going to have 2 superior options next year.

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  9. Yes Obama could have ordered NASA to keep the Space Shuttle flying. You know the Space Shuttle which had already killed 14 astronauts and had a per-seat cost more than twice that of Soyuz. Would you have been applauding him for that? Instead thanks to decisions taken on his watch America is going to have 2 superior options next year.

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  10. PW – You are so absolutely clueless about the workings at NASA and your personal bias against anything not made in California shines like the masthead light on the Titanic as it set. NASA began moving towards privatization long before Trump even thought about running for president. The theory is that NASA is the manager of an extremely difficult and detailed program that private industry could do better and cheaper. I suppose you will take credit for that strategy when you finally realize the taxpayers are getting a much better product for much less money on a per project basis. Please, go stick your head in a book and learn a few thins.

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  11. PW – You are so absolutely clueless about the workings at NASA and your personal bias against anything not made in California shines like the masthead light on the Titanic as it set. NASA began moving towards privatization long before Trump even thought about running for president. The theory is that NASA is the manager of an extremely difficult and detailed program that private industry could do better and cheaper. I suppose you will take credit for that strategy when you finally realize the taxpayers are getting a much better product for much less money on a per project basis. Please go stick your head in a book and learn a few thins.

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  12. Who exactly was President during NASA’s stand down from US-launched manned spaceflight starting in 2011? Could it be…. Barack Hussein Obama (2009-2017?

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  13. Who exactly was President during NASA’s stand down from US-launched manned spaceflight starting in 2011? Could it be…. Barack Hussein Obama (2009-2017?

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  14. So SpaceX is very clear they are mechanically done with the thing, only paperwork related issues remain. They could start working on vehicle mating to an upper stage Monday. And it’s gonna take 8 months for NASA to let a flight happen?

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  15. So SpaceX is very clear they are mechanically done with the thing only paperwork related issues remain. They could start working on vehicle mating to an upper stage Monday. And it’s gonna take 8 months for NASA to let a flight happen?

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  16. Yes, Obama could have ordered NASA to keep the Space Shuttle flying. You know, the Space Shuttle which had already killed 14 astronauts and had a per-seat cost more than twice that of Soyuz. Would you have been applauding him for that? Instead, thanks to decisions taken on his watch, America is going to have 2 superior options next year.

    Reply
  17. PW – You are so absolutely clueless about the workings at NASA and your personal bias against anything not made in California shines like the masthead light on the Titanic as it set. NASA began moving towards privatization long before Trump even thought about running for president. The theory is that NASA is the manager of an extremely difficult and detailed program that private industry could do better and cheaper. I suppose you will take credit for that strategy when you finally realize the taxpayers are getting a much better product for much less money on a per project basis. Please, go stick your head in a book and learn a few thins.

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  18. So SpaceX is very clear they are mechanically done with the thing, only paperwork related issues remain. They could start working on vehicle mating to an upper stage Monday. And it’s gonna take 8 months for NASA to let a flight happen?

    Reply
  19. The Trump administration doesn’t like unnecessary and expensive government programs” That must be what that whole $1.1T FY ’19 deficit is about.

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  20. The Trump administration doesn’t like unnecessary and expensive government programs””That must be what that whole $1.1T FY ’19 deficit is about.”””

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