The next generation of American spacecraft and rockets that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station are nearing the final stages of development and evaluation. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will return human spaceflight launches to U.S. soil, providing reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit on systems that meet our safety and mission requirements. To meet NASA’s requirements, the commercial providers must demonstrate that their systems are ready to begin regular flights to the space station. Two of those demonstrations are uncrewed flight tests, known as Orbital Flight Test for Boeing and Demonstration Mission 1 for SpaceX. After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions. The following schedule reflects the most recent publicly releasable dates for both providers.
Targeted Test Flight Dates:
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- Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed): August 2018
- Boeing Crew Flight Test (crewed): November 2018
- SpaceX Demonstration Mission 1 (uncrewed): August 2018
- SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 (crewed): December 2018
At NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, a mock-up of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft goes through a series of land-landing qualification tests to simulate what the actual spacecraft and crew members may experience while returning to Earth from space. Image Credit: NASA Langley/David C. Bowman
The SpaceX spacesuit that will be worn by astronauts aboard its Crew Dragon spacecraft (in the background) during missions to and from the International Space Station. Image Credit: SpaceX