Tag: Commercial Crew Program

NASA Gives Go Ahead For Dragon Cargo Launch Following Accident

SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft's resupply mission will proceed next week, according to a spokesperson from NASA. The confirmation came a few days after SpaceX's Crew Dragon had experienced an "anomaly" while performing static fire tests of its abort engines.

Space April 23, 2019

Delays In NASA Commercial Crew Program Impede Astronaut Launches To ISS: Report

Delays in NASA’s commercial crew program could impede the planned astronaut launches to the ISS from American soil, a new GAO report warned. The agency urged NASA to have a contingency plan to ensure U.S. access to the ISS.

Space July 12, 2018

Should NASA Outsource SLS Rocket Production To The Private Sector? New Report Says Yes

To control the escalating overhead costs of the SLS rocket and Orion spacecraft program, should NASA pass on the construction to private firms? A new report thinks so, delving on the agency's ambitious rocket program.

Space March 28, 2017

Here’s Why NASA’s Space Shuttle Program Came To An End

Why did NASA give up the Space Shuttle program despite no alternative launch vehicle? Robert Frost delves on issues in funding, human resources, and changes in White House administrations as well as the advent of the Commercial Crew Program.

Space February 4, 2017

First Look At Boeing's Sleek Blue Astronaut Suit For Travel To ISS

Boeing has unveiled the new 'Boeing Blue' suits for the Starliner spacecraft. The astronaut suits weigh about 20 pounds each with their accessories.

Space January 26, 2017

NASA Eyes More Seats On Russia Spacecraft To Haul Astronauts To ISS

NASA has expressed its plan to acquire two Soyuz seats via Boeing for its ISS missions in the fall of this year and the spring of 2018, as well as options for three added seats in 2019.

Space January 20, 2017

SpaceX Delays First Crewed Dragon Capsule Launch To 2018

SpaceX has rescheduled its manned Dragon capsule launch from 2017 to 2018. This is to give the company enough time to implement the necessary changes to its program following the Falcon 9 rocket explosion in September.

Space December 15, 2016

NASA's Commercial Crew Program Likely To Be Delayed Until 2018

A new report by NASA's Inspector General revealed that the agency's private partners are currently facing multiple technical challenges. These issues will likely delay crewed spacecraft launches for at least three more years from NASA’s original 2015 target.

Space September 3, 2016

NASA Tasks SpaceX To Carry Astronauts To International Space Station

NASA's Commercial Crew Program allows private firms SpaceX and Boeing to bring U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station. This is the second of four guaranteed NASA orders under the contract.

Space November 22, 2015

Senate Appropriations Committee Rejects NASA Budget Request, Instead Favors Paying Russia To Ferry Astronauts

The Commercial Crew program is meant to bring together NASA and private developers. Now, the rejection of a spending request could threaten the program.

Space June 11, 2015

NASA 2016 $18.5 Billion Budget Approved By House

The House approved the $18.5-billion budget that NASA wanted for the next fiscal year that will start on Oct. 1 raising the U.S. space agency's current budget by $500 million.

Space June 4, 2015

SpaceX Hits Milestone Achievement After Successful Dragon Capsule Flight Test

SpaceX takes a step closer to NASA certification as the company successfully tests the Crew Dragon, a spacecraft fitted with an escape feature for astronauts.

Space May 8, 2015

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