Capsule to carry US astronauts to be tested in March

SpaceX Crew Dragon

President Trump vowed to send U.S. astronauts "back to space on American rockets" during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night - and now NASA officially has a launch date.

The space agency says the extra time will be used to complete necessary testing and reviews as well as train flight controllers and mission managers.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program will return human spaceflight launches to US soil, providing safe, reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit and the space station on systems that meet safety and performance requirements. The agency is counting on its commercial crew program to begin operational crew rotation flights before the end of the year.

"The uncrewed flight tests are a great dry run for not only our hardware, but for our team to get ready for our crewed flight tests", Kathy Lueders, NASA's commercial crew program manager, said in the statement.

In January, SpaceX successfully completed a static fire test of its Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon atop the rocket at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida, in preparation for Demo-1. Launch of the unpiloted test flight is now targeted for March 2. The two-week demonstration flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, with no crew on board, had been planned for January and then February. While SpaceX has been sending supplies to the space station with cargo versions of the Dragon capsule for years, no humans have flown in them yet. The unpiloted capsule will execute an autonomous rendezvous with the space station, moving in for docking the day after launch. Recovery crews will haul the craft to shore for detailed post-flight examination. SpaceX already has conducted a successful on-pad abort test.

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Crew Dragon's crew-carrying demonstration is now scheduled for July, and Starliner's for no earlier than August, according to the new NASA update. "It is March 2", the source said.

Boeing, meanwhile, is targeting no earlier than April for its first launch of a Starliner crew capsule from Cape Canaveral, also without a crew. Since the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011, NASA has been paying Russian Federation to launch astronauts to the station and bring them home.

As with the Crew Dragon test flight, the Starliner will carry out an autonomous rendezvous and docking with the station and depart about a week later.

Boeing plans to follow the unpiloted test flight with a launch pad abort test in the June timeframe.

These changes push both companies' first launches with astronauts into the late summer.

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