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NASA’s mission to once again fly astronauts from US soil readies for key milestone with Friday launch

NASA’s mission to once again fly astronauts from US soil readies for key milestone with Friday launch NASA and partners Boeing and the United Launch Alliance (ULA) are gearing up for a crucial milestone moment on Friday: The “Orbital Flight Test” (OFT) of the Boeing Starliner CST-100 Crew Capsule. The capsule, a […]

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Boeing’s Starliner crew spacecraft launch pad abort test is a success

Boeing’s Starliner crew spacecraft launch pad abort test is a success NASA’s commercial crew partner Boeing has achieved a key milestone on the way to actually flying astronauts aboard its CST-100 Starliner: Demonstrating that its launch pad abort system works as designed, which is a key safety system that NASA requires to […]

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Watch live as NASA and Boeing test the Starliner crew spacecraft launch pad abort system

Watch live as NASA and Boeing test the Starliner crew spacecraft launch pad abort system NASA’s commercial crew program Boeing will run a key test today of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner, a new spacecraft developed by the aerospace company to bring American astronauts to the International Space Station, beginning as early as […]

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SpaceX achieves key milestone in safety testing of Crew Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX achieves key milestone in safety testing of Crew Dragon spacecraft SpaceX has managed to run 13 successful parachute tests in a row of the third major revision of the parachute system it’s planning to use for its Crew Dragon spacecraft. The most recent test, which SpaceX shared a shorted edited video […]

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NASA Administrator “very confident” SpaceX crew launch could happen in early 2020

NASA Administrator “very confident” SpaceX crew launch could happen in early 2020 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was at SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, California on Thursday, delivering an address alongside NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who will launch aboard SpaceX’s commercial Crew Dragon capsule, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Bridenstine kicked […]

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Boeing confirms delay of Starliner’s first test flight

Boeing confirms delay of Starliner’s first test flight The Commercial Crew program is well on its way to changing the way the world accesses space, but SpaceX may hog the glory this year if rival Boeing keeps putting off the first tests of its complete Starliner system. The first uncrewed test flight, […]

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SpaceX makes history by completing first private crew capsule mission

SpaceX makes history by completing first private crew capsule mission SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule has safely splashed down in the Atlantic, making it the first privately built crew-capable spacecraft ever to complete a mission to the International Space Station. It’s one of several firsts SpaceX plans this year, but Boeing is hot […]

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon makes its first orbital launch tonight

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon makes its first orbital launch tonight After years of development and delays, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is ready to launch into orbit. It’s the first commercially built and operated crewed spacecraft ever to do so, and represents in many ways the public-private partnership that could define the future of spaceflight. […]

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SpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsule test dates slip yet again

SpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsule test dates slip yet again One of the most important upcoming events in the space industry is undoubtedly the advent of SpaceX and Boeing’s competing crew-bearing capsules, which the companies have been working on for years. But today brings yet another delay for both programs, already […]

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