Decade-Long Crew Dragon Program Stands Ready for Maiden Mission (Part 1)

Crew Dragon atop its Falcon 9 rocket on pad 39A, undergoing testing for the ‘Demo-1’ mission currently scheduled to launch NET March 2, 2019. Photo: SpaceX

If all goes well, later this year America will jointly celebrate not only 50 years since humanity’s first manned landing on the Moon, but also the […]

First SpaceX Crew Launch Slips to May 2018, More Likely Late 2018 Says NASA OIG Report

File photo, SpaceX launch of their Cargo Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. The company is developing a crew version of their Dragon too, but in comments this week confirmed they won’t be launching anyone on one for NASA until at least May 2018. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / AmericaSpace

It has […]

CST-100 Spacecraft Development Moves Forward in Former Shuttle Hangar

One of two pressurized domes for the “shell” of the Structural Test Article (STA) of Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft undergoes checkout. Photo Credit: NASA

Less than a year since winning a $4.2 billion slice of the $6.8 billion Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract—the current phase of NASA’s effort to return U.S. astronauts to […]

Clarifying NASA's Budget Regarding Orion, SLS, and SpaceX / Boeing Commercial Crew

 

The launch of NASA’s Orion spacecraft on its first spaceflight, EFT-1, last December. The capsule is intended for deep-space crewed missions starting in the next decade atop the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / AmericaSpace

As next year’s NASA budget is being written by the House and […]

Boeing Receives First Order for ISS Crew-Rotation Vehicle; Fincke Heads Up Commercial Crew Branch

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will deliver U.S. astronauts into low-Earth orbit, from U.S. soil, and aboard a U.S. spacecraft, for the first time since the end of the Space Shuttle era. Image Credit: NASA

Eight months after it was shortlisted as one of two finalists in the $6.8 billion Commercial Crew transportation Capability […]

US Human Path Back to Space Rising This Summer at ULA Launch Pad and Rocket Factory

Launch Complex 41 gets a radical new look and use soon! Artist’s concept of Boeing’s CST-100 space taxi ready for liftoff atop a man rated ULA Atlas-V rocket showing new crew access tower and arm at Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fl. Credit: ULA

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, […]

At T-2 Years, NASA, SpaceX, and Boeing Discuss Return of US Human Spaceflight Capability

SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell responds to a question, as Boeing’s John Elbon and NASA’s Kathy Lueders look on. Photo Credit: Michael Galindo/AmericaSpace

Four months after NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX as the winners of the Commercial Crew transportation Capability (CCtCap) phase of the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program—with total contracts valued at $6.8 billion—six […]

Huge Prospects for Science and Humans to Mars: Conversation With Hubble Astronaut/NASA Science Chief John Grunsfeld (Part 2)

Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on STS-125 and the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope on May 11, 2009, from Launch Complex-39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — “A great path” lies ahead for “science and launching humans to Mars,” […]

US Government Accountability Office Denies SNC's Commercial Crew Award Protest

SNC’s Dream Chaser test vehicle under construction. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

Last year, NASA made what was arguably the biggest decision the agency has faced since retiring the country’s 30-year space shuttle program: selecting commercial providers to return human spaceflight capability back to the United States and bringing an end our total […]

What’s Ahead for Commercial Crew in 2015: One-on-One Interview With NASA’s Phil McAlister

The vehicles which will fill the void left by the retirement of NASA’s space shuttle fleet for low-Earth orbit and ISS crew transport, the Boeing CST-100 and Dragon V2 space capsules. Photo: Boeing / Robert Fisher / AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL — With the New Year nearly upon us, America’s future human […]