While they're excited to once again launch from Florida instead of Russia, these astronauts aren't very nostalgic for the hardware of the shuttles themselves.
Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is a commercial company aiming to launch cargo, and eventually people, to low-Earth orbit. The firm is developing its Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 booster under contracts from NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program and its Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program.
Meet the nine astronauts NASA has chosen to fly the first crewed missions of the private spaceships being built by Boeing and SpaceX.
With its sleek design and growing reputation, anticipation for the launch of SpaceX's first Crew Dragon spaceship continues to build.
Today (Aug. 3), NASA will announce the first astronauts who will fly in SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft for the agency's Commercial Crew Program.
Here's a quick look at SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner, the two private American spaceships designed to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
SpaceX and Boeing won't be flying crewed test flights until well into 2019, according to a new schedule NASA released today (Aug. 2).
If all goes well, astronauts will soon launch from the U.S. for the first time in seven years — so NASA gave their departure lounge an upgrade.
As NASA prepares to announce the astronauts who will fly the first commercial crew missions, an independent safety board is cautioning that it is still too soon to set dates for those flights.
"They're the worst that we've ever had for trying to get a first stage on the drone ship," a company spokesman said of the weather conditions.
Two rockets will go up — and one will come down — in a pair of commercial satellite launches early Wednesday morning.
The latest version of SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket lifted off for the second time ever today (July 22), lighting up the skies over Florida's Space Coast in a dazzling predawn launch.
SpaceX will launch a powerful Telstar communications satellite into orbit early Sunday morning (July 22), testing out its new Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket for the second time.
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will begin its search for alien worlds before the end of July, if everything goes according to plan.