NASA announced today (Aug. three) the 9 astronauts who will fly on the take a look at and maiden flights of two new U.S. crew capsules, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft — here is who will probably be on board.
The crews embrace members from a smaller group of astronauts who’ve already spent three years working carefully with the 2 corporations to develop human spaceflight know-how. And the total contingent of astronauts could have lots extra time to follow with one another and with their vessels: Yesterday, NASA announced that crewed flight checks wouldn’t happen till effectively into 2019. Today’s announcement added the following essential items of data: Who will fly on which missions. [NASA Announces First Astronaut Crews to Fly on Boeing and SpaceX Spaceships]
SpaceX Dragon crewed take a look at flight (April 2019)
NASA astronaut Doug Hurley is a two-time shuttle veteran. Before arriving at NASA in 2000, he was within the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a fighter pilot and take a look at pilot. During Hurley’s first shuttle flight, in 2009, the International Space Station housed its highest inhabitants, with 13 astronauts aboard directly. His second flight was STS-135, the ultimate mission of the house shuttle program and the final time U.S. astronauts launched from American soil. Now 51, Hurley has labored with astronauts in a variety of capacities at NASA within the U.S. and on the Russian coaching middle in Star City.
Going again to house! I’m tremendously honored and excited to be part of the @SpaceX group. To flight take a look at a model new spaceship is, to me, the last word. I’m actually appreciative of being given the chance to fly to @Space_Station once more. #LaunchAmerica
— Col. Doug Hurley (@Astro_Doug) August 3, 2018
NASA astronaut Bob Behnken is a two-time shuttle veteran who has racked up greater than 700 hours in house and accomplished six spacewalks. Behnken joined NASA in 2000 after flying with the U.S. Air Force, and since his time aboard the shuttle, he spent three years as NASA’s chief astronaut. During his first shuttle journey, in 2008, he helped ship a part of a Japanese house station module; throughout his second go to, in 2010, he helped set up the station’s cupola window, a frequent element in house station pictures because of its beautiful view of Earth. Now 48, he was a mission specialist on each flights. [Take a Walk Through SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spaceship]
Boeing Starliner crewed take a look at flight (mid-2019)
NASA astronaut Eric Boe will take his third journey to house as a part of this system. He served as a pilot for the house shuttle, clocking 28 days in house. During his first shuttle journey, in 2008, he helped set up new dwelling quarters on the station; his second shuttle journey was the ultimate voyage of Discovery. Boe, now 53, flew greater than 6,000 hours for the Air Force earlier than becoming a member of NASA as a shuttle astronaut.
NASA astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann, now 41, joined the astronaut program in 2013 and has not but traveled to house. After incomes a grasp’s diploma in fluid mechanics, she joined the U.S. Marine Corps, the place she served as a take a look at pilot and as an operations officer, amongst different roles. With the Marines, she fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and flew greater than 2,500 hours on 47 totally different fight missions.
— Nicole Mann (@AstroDuke) August 3, 2018
Former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson is now director of crew and mission operations at Boeing. Before becoming a member of NASA in 1998, Ferguson served with the U.S. Navy, finishing Topgun coaching and flying greater than 5,700 hours. A 3-time house veteran, the 56-year-old astronaut served as pilot on his first mission, in 2006, and as commander on his succeeding flights, in 2008 and 2011. That contains the final flight of the house shuttle program, in 2011. During that mission, Ferguson left a U.S. flag aboard the International Space Station to attend for the following U.S.-launched crew, which might deliver the banner again to Earth.
— Christopher Ferguson (@Astro_Ferg) August 3, 2018
SpaceX Dragon maiden voyage
NASA astronaut Victor Glover, now 42, will probably be taking his first flight to the house station aboard the Dragon capsule. Glover has earned three grasp’s levels, all accomplished whereas he was serving within the Navy. With the Navy, he has been a take a look at pilot and served overseas in fight and peace. Before becoming a member of NASA, he acted as a legislative fellow within the U.S. Senate.
I’m overwhelmed and humbled to be part of the @SpaceX group for my first flight! Feeling extraordinarily grateful that the company and our management have faith in these crews to be a part of such a vital mission. This is an enormous step for @NASA and for our Nation! #LaunchAmerica
— Victor Glover (@VicGlover) August 3, 2018
NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins has made the voyage to the house station as soon as earlier than, aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. Before becoming a member of NASA, Hopkins served within the Air Force and labored on the Pentagon, together with within the workplace of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His first go to to the house station, in 2013, lasted 166 days, and he carried out two house walks to switch a pump module on the station. Since his return to Earth, the 49-year-old astronaut has been working with NASA to assist operations for the house station. [How Boeing’s Commercial CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft Works]
Boeing Starliner maiden voyage
NASA astronaut Josh Cassada will probably be taking his first flight to the house station. Cassada earned a doctorate in high-energy particle physics, then joined the Navy; with the navy, he has been an teacher pilot and has served in fight. He additionally co-founded an organization specializing in quantum communication and computing. With NASA, the 45-year-old astronaut has labored with the Commercial Crew and Exploration department to design and take a look at new automobiles.
Unreal. What an unbelievable honor to symbolize the Nation as a part of the @NASA and @BoeingSpace groups. I get to launch and fly with @Astro_Suni, however actually, we’re all collectively on this wonderful journey. Wanna come? Follow me for mission updates. Let’s do that. #LaunchAmerica https://t.co/dxrbKoshda
— Josh Cassada (@astro_josh) August 3, 2018
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams is set for her third spaceflight. The 52-year-old astronaut joined NASA in 1998 after serving with the Navy, the place she flew helicopters and different plane. She has spent 9 days dwelling below water and 322 days dwelling in house, and on the time of her flights, she held a document as the girl with essentially the most time spent in spacewalks. During her first flight, in 2006-2007, she was a flight engineer; for her second flight, in 2012, she flew aboard a Russian Soyuz to the house station, the place she labored on experiments, repaired a part of the station’s solar energy system and mounted an ammonia leak.