First SpaceX mission with astronauts set for June 2019

First SpaceX mission with astronauts set for June 2019

The debut of SpaceX and Boeing crew capsules is off until next year.

The national Board of the United States of America on Aeronautics and research of space administration (NASA) in June 2019 intends to launch a manned spacecraft. August 2019 planned manned flight to the ISS space vehicle production of the Boeing company.

For the missions to be successful, both capsules will have to launch, travel safely to the International Space Station (ISS), dock and undock autonomously and then safely bring the crews back to Earth.

"For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had said while announcing the names of the astronauts.

NASA released updated schedules for Boeing and SpaceX's test and crewed flights Thursday, indicating that the dates have slipped a few months later than originally intended.

Since the retirement of NASA's shuttles in 2011, USA astronauts have had to rely on Russian capsules to get to and from the International Space Station.

"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, in a news release.

SpaceX will carry out an uncrewed test in January 2019.

For the SpaceX mission, the Falcon 9 rocket will be used for the launch with a Crew Dragon capsule attached to the top.

The missions must go to plan for Nasa because their contract with the Russian space agency is due to expire in November 2019.

For SpaceX's test flight, NASA assigned Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, both members of several Endeavour and Atlantis missions.

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