Trump Hails Astronauts That Will Fly on SpaceX and Boeing Spaceships

Trump Hails Astronauts That Will Fly on SpaceX and Boeing Spaceships

Trump Hails Astronauts That Will Fly on SpaceX and Boeing Spaceships

US President Donald Trump also praised the news while giving himself a pat on the back: "Nasa, which is making a BIG comeback under the Trump Administration, has just named 9 astronauts for Boeing and SpaceX space flights", he tweeted. "I'll tell you, being able to launch to the International Space Station from USA soil, I can't imagine better", Cassada said.

Astronaut Doug Hurley, who will be on the first crew of the SpaceX Dragon, hinted at the delays when he noted, "The first flight is something you dream about as a test pilot, and you don't think it's ever going to happen to you".

Glover is the fourth Cal Poly graduate to become an astronaut. Ferguson is a former NASA astronaut and space shuttle commander who now works on Boeing's Starliner program. The latter as termed by IBM was touted "the first AI companion of human beings in space". "I'm just grateful to be able to usher in this new era of American spaceflight".

The space agency's priority is safe, reliable and cost-effective travel to low-Earth orbit and back (at least for now) for the crewed flight tests called Demo-1 by SpaceX and Orbital Flight Test by Boeing. It will be first spaceflight for 45-year-old Cassada while Williams has the experience of two stays at the ISS.

However, there is still much work to be done before the nine and men women chosen to head to the International Space Station can safely embark on NASA's new ships. "We take it seriously".

Robotic flight controllers released the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft from the International Space Station's robotic arm at 12:38 p.m. EDT, and Expedition 56 Serena Auñon-Chancellor of NASA is monitoring its departure. The company's first mission, should the test be successful, will be flown by Victor Glover, at his first flight to space, and ISS veteran Michael Hopkins. In any case, SpaceX is now the presumed leader of the race to capture the flag left on the station by the final space shuttle crew-a flag that has been waiting to return to Earth for eight years and counting. Journey on one of the last shuttle missions to witness some final "firsts" made aboard this unique spacecraft.

"It's absolutely the opportunity of a lifetime", Mann, a Marine Corps lieutenant who joined NASA in 2013, said during the announcement. No female astronaut has logged more spacewalk time.

"This is truly an exciting time for human spaceflight in our nation, and believe me, it's only going to get better as we charge off into the future", said Bob Cabana, a former shuttle commander who now heads Kennedy Space Center.

"The engineer in me always thought if I'm not flying a spaceship, I ought to be part of the team building one", Ferguson said.

SpaceX's first NASA mission to the ISS, in turn, will include Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins. She came to NASA from the USA navy, where she was a test pilot and retired from the rank of captain. He's performed six spacewalks totaling almost 40 hours.

NASA has always been working on its commercial crew programme, helping to accelerate private companies' spaceflight capabilities while it focuses its own efforts on other space exploration projects, such as the Space Launch System slated to launch in 2020.

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