NASA's partners on the International Space Station program - the Russian space agency Roscosmos, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency - are expected to assign members of their own astronaut corps to the CST-100 and Crew Dragon crew rotation flights. NASA astronaut Bob Behnken, an experienced spacewalker who flew on two shuttle missions, will strap into the Crew Dragon alongside former shuttle pilot Doug Hurley.
In 2014, Boeing and SpaceX were awarded a combined $6.8 billion in contracts from NASA to develop spacecraft capable of flying crews to the station, the orbiting laboratory. "Today's announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation's leadership in space".
Mr. Ferguson, who has been involved from the start in the Starliner's development, flew three shuttle missions as a NASA astronaut. Mr. Boe piloted two shuttle flights.
U.S. astronauts have been relying on Russian capsules to travel to the space station, with each seat costing NASA as much as $82 million (€71 million). Since then, the space agency has turned to private space firms, like SpaceX, to oversee cargo runs to the ISS, while sending USA astronauts there on Russian rockets.
The group includes former space shuttle flyers, ex-military test pilots, rookies, and - critically - a cadre of four astronauts who've already been testing and providing feedback on the new commercial ships for years. It will be Mr. Glover's first time in space. The agency has contracted six missions, with as many as four astronauts per mission, for each company.
The first crew to be presented was that of the Boeing Starliner capsule, which will make a trial flight scheduled for mid-2019 and will be boosted into space from Florida's Kennedy Space Center by an Atlas V rocket of the United Launch Alliance.
Nasa took the decision after the shuttle retired to turn transportation to low-Earth obit destinations into a service that it could buy.
Josh Cassada: Coming to NASA after a career as a test pilot in the Navy, Cassada was chosen as an astronaut in 2013. Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins will fly with SpaceX.
For Crew Dragon, the now confirmed crew includes Navy commander, aviator, and test pilot Victor Glover. She's also spent 50 hours and 40 minutes on spacewalks, an accomplishment that is second on the list for female astronauts, according to her NASA biography.
"For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the event attended by several members of Congress and other NASA and industry officials. NASA had originally expected the companies to have their spacecraft ready for missions to the International Space Station by the end of past year, but neither were able to meet that target. It has also been paying billions for cargo deliveries to the space station by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman.
Boeing plans to do an uncrewed flight test of its CST-100 Starliner later this year or early next year. In any case, SpaceX is now the presumed leader of the race to capture the flag left on the station by the final space shuttle crew-a flag that has been waiting to return to Earth for eight years and counting.
If the judge rules in their favor, prosecutors could present evidence that delves deeper into Manafort's Russian connections. Manafort is also charged in federal court in Washington with undisclosed foreign lobbying and money laundering.
In addition, the company said in a recent filing it may need consent from regulators in 14 countries and the European Union. 21st Century Fox announced the results at a special shareholders' meeting in New York, Reuters reported.
One of Demi Lovato's close friends is urging fans to quit pointing fingers following the singer's drug overdose last week. The singer and actress has been surrounded by family and friends since the terrifying incident.
It was the first full financial report since Facebook became embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March. Facebook shares have been in the tank since the company released its earnings Wednesday afternoon.
Interested in Turkey? Add Turkey as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Turkey news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Pence said Erdogan should allow Brunson to return to the United States "now or be prepared to face the consequences".
Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the US due to a new rule that went into effect July 31. ALS says they are working with public housing authorities to help make the transition to a smoke-free environment.
Trump talking about paying for Playboy model Karen McDougal's silence, the relationship splintered further on Friday. Earlier this month, however, he said that his loyalty is first to his family and country, not the President.
Army soldiers who fought in the November, 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir - 1,024 Americans are still missing from that battle. He said that DPAA has chest radiographs for about three-quarters of the missing from the Korean War.
In 1967, Michael James "Jim" Delligatti lobbied the company to let him test the burger at his Pittsburgh-area restaurants. More than 14,000 McDonalds restaurants will be taking part in the scheme to bring customers back to the fast-food chain.
Moto Z3 debuts with fingerprint scanner on the side, 5G mod
Adding the 5G capability with an accessory should make the transition cheaper, as it negates the need to buy a new phone. It'll be for Verizon's 5G network , and it will come "early in 2019", according to Verizon network chief Nicola Palmer.
China may be ‘getting in our way’ on North Korea
Kim Do-gyun, the chief of the five-member South Korean delegation, told reporters before departing for Panmunjom. Experts say positively identifying the decades-old remains could take anywhere from days to decades.
Harley-Davidson Bombshell Includes Adventure Bike
Could this bike pave the way for smaller bikes to join the line-up as well? At the same time, riders are getting older. Harley-Davidson, known for its car-alarm triggering engine rumble, said LiveWire will have no clutch and no gears.
Google Pixel 3 XL leaks again, this time in white
Also, the leaked images show that Pixel 3 XL with its rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and shows only one camera lens at the back. The feature that's generated the most attention is the XL prototype's "deep notch" and massive chin.
Mars Close Approach: Here's what you'll see from Earth
During opposition, Mars is especially photogenic because it can be seen fully illuminated by the Sun as viewed from Earth. In 2003, Mars and Earth were at their closest in almost 60,000 years, coming within 34.6 million miles of each other.
See the dark side of the moon
NASA, meanwhile, has called out social media hoaxers claiming that Mars will appear as big as the moon during the eclipse . The total eclipse would be visible over most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America on Friday and Saturday.