The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chose nine members to fly the first mission into space on commercial flights. Indian-origin Sunita William is also one member among the list of nine who will fly to space on commercially provided rockets and capsules. These commercial spacecraft are built and operated by The Boeing Company and SpaceX. This mission of nine members is the first crew test flight on commercial spacecraft.
Nine members comprised of the eight active NASA astronauts and one former astronaut-turned-corporate crew member. The mission will be launched on Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon Capsule in the year 2019. These both vehicles were developed in cooperation with NASA. NASA also worked with these companies to ensure the safety and performance.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said they always wanted to have great American Vision to strengthen America’s leadership in space. He said now they are on brink of launching American Astronauts on American rockets from American soil.
Sunita William will fly with Josh Cassada on NAS’s first contracted starliner mission. This is Mr. Cassada’s first flight to space, while William once went there and spent 321 days in orbit. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX's Dragon Crew. They will lift off a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A, the same launch pad from where space shuttle left Earth for the first time in July 2011 and Mr. Hurley was pilot in that space flight. Eric Boe and Nicole Mann will join the commander of the same final space shuttle mission Christopher Ferguson ( former astronaut and Boeing executive Christopher Ferguson) as the crew of the Starline test flight.
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