First SpaceX mission with astronauts set for June 2019: NASA

October 5, 2018
SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 rocket to launch its Crew Dragon capsule - simulator pictured here - to the orbiting International Space Station

NASA has announced the first crewed flight by a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to take place in June 2019.

It will be the first manned US launch to the orbiting research laboratory since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011, forcing US astronauts to hitch costly rides aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

A flight on Boeing spacecraft is set to follow in August 2019.

The timetable for both launches has already been postponed several times, but NASA said Thursday it would now be providing monthly updates on deadlines.

"This new process for reporting our schedule is better; nevertheless, launch dates will still have some uncertainty, and we anticipate they may change as we get closer to launch," said Phil McAlister, director of Commercial Spaceflight Development at NASA Headquarters.

"These are new spacecraft, and the engineering teams have a lot of work to do before the systems will be ready to fly."

Both missions are considered tests: the two astronauts transported in each flight will spend two weeks aboard the orbiting ISS before returning to Earth.

In the long term, NASA will use SpaceX and Boeing to take astronauts to the ISS for regular missions, which last about six months.

SpaceX will carry out an uncrewed test in January 2019, and Boeing in March 2019.

SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 rocket for its launch with a Crew Dragon capsule attached on top.

Boeing's Starliner ship will be propelled into space by an Atlas V rocket made by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture with Lockheed Martin.

NASA is depending on the success of both missions as its contract with the Russian space agency expires in November 2019.

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NoStrings
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 05, 2018
Provided Musk doesn't mentally collapse. A visionary genius, he is also severely emotionally immature. Grow up man, you have done great thing. Be proud and keep doing them, no need to twitter troll.

Looking forward to all of it happening.
dan42day
not rated yet Oct 05, 2018
I was just thinking, I hope Musk doesn't tweet out that he intends to have a matter-antimatter reactor and warp drive on board by then.
Mark Thomas
5 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2018
It would not be surprising to learn that cranking brain power up to such dangerously high levels can lead to instabilities. I have to wonder if this is why nature produces so few super geniuses. :-)

Mark Thomas
5 / 5 (1) Oct 05, 2018
I hope Musk doesn't tweet out that he intends to have a matter-antimatter reactor and warp drive on board by then.


I disagree. If Musk tweeted that I would jump for joy because you can bet he would make it work, just not as soon as originally promised. :-)
Urgelt
not rated yet Oct 06, 2018
Mark Thomas wrote, "If Musk tweeted (matter-antimatter reactor, warp drive) that I would jump for joy because you can bet he would make it work, just not as soon as originally promised."

What Musk promises - in terms of products and services - he almost always delivers. It's hard to find examples where he didn't.

I do think he needs to set up a vetting process for his tweets, though. Run it past the board for the applicable corporation for comments before release, and don't release anything that makes the board feel wiggly. For tweets not directly connected to a particular company, recruit a panel of friends. Musk *does* have friends.

The dude needs help with that tweeting business. But he's doing great on the important stuff. I regard him as the most important American capitalist since Henry Ford and Thomas Edison - also tinkerers and engineers.
KBK
1 / 5 (1) Oct 06, 2018
Provided Musk doesn't mentally collapse. A visionary genius, he is also severely emotionally immature. Grow up man, you have done great thing. Be proud and keep doing them, no need to twitter troll.

Looking forward to all of it happening.


I don't think you understand the level and amount of attack he is under from all directions. I don't think that you understand that it is increasing in scope and momentum, everyday.

When it comes to these matter, I don't think you know your ass from a hole in the ground.

Just keep those people and yourself ignorant by repeating these simpleton's mantras, so no one wakes or realizes the level and depth of force and energy directed against him.

Sell, sell sell... that simpleton's snake oil... of all life being on the surface on CNN and people magazine.
KBK
not rated yet Oct 06, 2018
It would not be surprising to learn that cranking brain power up to such dangerously high levels can lead to instabilities. I have to wonder if this is why nature produces so few super geniuses. :-)



It's not the instability per se, it's the clusterfuck of oligarchy and hegemony that wants simplistic views to remain intact so they can keep running things as they want.

Eg, part of NASA wanted Musk dead and did everything they could to keep him out. To an insane level.

That was the vast infrastructure that was tied to Boeing, Lockheed, etc...massive contracts and systems of running and controlling all of it.

Another part, quite logically wanted all that pig trough feeding and control GONE, it was crippling the system by being bigger than the host. NASA had lost the thread long ago, and some wanted it fixed.

This is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg on all this stuff. It has tendrils in everything.

Investigate, always. Ceaselessly.
rrwillsj
5 / 5 (1) Oct 06, 2018
K attacking NS for having a shade of opinion different than yours? Sounds like you need to grow up! NS is actually supporting Musk's endeavors.

KBK, are you one of those enforcers of Political Correctness who fervently believe they have the duty to kill any messenger who brings you bad news?

With that attitude you could always get a job on trumpenella's staff.

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