Josh Cassada and Nice Mann were supposed to fly into space aboard Boeing’s Starliner capsule sometime in the next few years. It’s not going to be like that, they’ll be flying much sooner as part of the SpaceX Dragon Crew. NASA has decided to rreassign them to the Dragon Crew due to multiple Boeing delays in the development of its capsule.
The two astronauts They have been waiting since 2018 to fly in the Starliner. However, the development of the capsule has not been the best of all. I managed to reach space in December 2019, but with problems during the mission. Later a year of development passed and they promised a new launch for this 2021, but it will not be like that. The capsule continues to have major failures.
These continuous failures and delays they have had NASA reassign their astronauts for other missions. Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada, while they were first trained to fly Boeing’s Starliner, will now be trained to fly SpaceX’s. They are expected to travel to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s fifth manned mission to the ISS. This will be in the fall of 2022 if all goes according to plan.
The alternative to SpaceX’s Dragon Crew
While Boeing continues to fix the Starliner, SpaceX has managed to make history with the Dragon Crew. Both capsules are part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which seeks alternatives to relying on Russia to bring astronauts to the International Space Station. The program asked both companies to first launch two test missions, one unmanned and one with a crew.
Boeing has only succeeded in the first one, and with failures. The capsule had different software bugs that prevented it from reaching the International Space Station. However, they managed to land her back on Earth. For its second mission the capsule had valve problems, which is why it has never been launched again at the moment. NASA has given Boeing another chance to launch the unmanned capsule again.
In the meantime SpaceX has carried out the two successful test missions and two more missions with astronauts on board to get to the International Space Station and back. The next mission is expected to be on October 30 to bring more astronauts to the International Space Station. In November it will bring others back.
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