Posted by Montu 12:40 PM (CST)
Friday January 12, 2018
NASA has released their target dates for Boeing and SpaceX manned flights and they will occur in November and December respectively. However, all is not rosy because a recent report by the Aerospace Safety and Advisory Panel states the capsules may not be able to be certified because Boeing and SpaceX may not be able to meet the requirement for 1 possible fatal accident in 270 flights. I know that seems pretty strict, but I'm sure the astronauts expect nothing less. We can't go back to the risk we accepted in the Shuttle Program. Anyway, good luck to both companies and their passengers.
Once the test flights are done successfully and safely, NASA can certify either or both companies to ferry astronauts on low-Earth-orbit missions. Right now, crew members headed to the ISS must fly on Russian Soyuz spacecraft launched from Baikanor, Kazakhstan.