NASA Astronauts launching with American-made rockets from American soil!

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NASA Astronauts launching with American-made rockets from American soil!

Postby joefro » Fri Aug 03, 2018

Big announcement coming out of NASA today, as they officially named the first crews assigned to fly on the Space-X Dragon and Boeing Starliner vehicles. This will be the first time the US has the capability to launch astronauts since the last Shuttle flight in 2011. No more buying seats from the Russians!

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-assigns-crews-to-first-test-flights-missions-on-commercial-spacecraft

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Postby MaxGravy » Fri Aug 03, 2018

According to the article each system can carry up to four astronauts to the ISS, and pushes the number we can have onboard the ISS to seven at a time. The article doesn't mention the current limit but I believe it's only three, maybe four.

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Postby joefro » Fri Aug 03, 2018

There are currently 6 crew onboard the ISS; three crewmembers in each of the two Soyuz vehicles. With a Space-X Dragon, Boeing Starliner, and a Soyuz all attached at the same time, there could be as many as 11 crew on ISS at once.

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Postby MaxGravy » Fri Aug 03, 2018

joefro wrote:There are currently 6 crew onboard the ISS; three crewmembers in each of the two Soyuz vehicles. With a Space-X Dragon, Boeing Starliner, and a Soyuz all attached at the same time, there could be as many as 11 crew on ISS at once.


I was referring to US crewmembers. Looks like there are only three onboard right now. Does this have to do with safety and possible evacuation?

The new spaceflight capability provided by Boeing and SpaceX will allow NASA to maintain a crew of seven astronauts on the space station, thereby maximizing scientific research that leads to breakthroughs and also aids in understanding and mitigating the challenges of long-duration spaceflight.
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Postby joefro » Fri Aug 03, 2018

Nah, it's just due to longstanding crew rotation agreements with all of the international partners so that all partners are represented proportionally over time. There are currently three NASA astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts, and one German Euronaut.

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Make space great again!


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