Human Spaceflight, Planetary Missions Face Potential Cuts in Latest NASA Budget Negotiations

by Elizabeth Howell November 20, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter While 2014 budget negotiations are not finalized yet, there’s already some noise of concern in different space communities that depend on NASA. Here’s a brief roundup of some of the news lately: Could the Cassini Saturn mission get the axe? Wired’s Adam […]

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Spacesuited Astronauts Climb Aboard Boeing CST-100 Commercial Crew Capsule for Key Tests

by Ken Kremer July 25, 2013

A pair of NASA astronauts donned their spacesuits for key fit check evaluations inside a test version of the Boeing Company’s CST-100 commercial ‘space taxi’ which was unveiled this week for the world’s first glimpse of the cabin’s interior. Boeing is among a trio of American aerospace firms, including SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp, seeking […]

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Boeing Commercial Space Taxi and Atlas V Launcher Move Closer to Blastoff

by Ken Kremer June 1, 2013

The next time that American astronauts launch to space from American soil it will surely be aboard one of the new commercially built “space taxis” currently under development by a trio of American aerospace firms – Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp – enabled by seed money from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP). Boeing has […]

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Private Test Pilots to Fly 1st Commercial Crewed Space Flights for NASA

by Ken Kremer January 13, 2013

Image Caption: Dream Chaser commercial crew vehicle built by Sierra Nevada Corp docks at ISS Commercial test pilots, not NASA astronauts, will fly the first crewed missions that NASA hopes will at last restore America’s capability to blast humans to Earth orbit from American soil – perhaps as early as 2015 – which was totally […]

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Commercial Crew Assessments Carry On with CST-100 Wind Tunnel Tests

by Daniel Sims October 21, 2011

Boeing recently began wind tunnel testing on its CST-100 (Crew Space Transport) capsule, designed to service destinations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), locations like the ISS and Bigelow Space Stations. These tests have been on going since Sept. 17th of this year, collecting data on “20 different positions to mimic the different phases of an […]

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