With just one year to go until the scheduled completion of all uncrewed and crewed test flights for SpaceX and Boeing’s commercial crew transportation services, the NASA Advisory Council recently held a routine review of the technical, hardware, software, and training progress the two companies are making toward the goal of returning the capability to launch people into space from the United States.
General Commercial Crew update:
At the end of July, the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) held a standard, two-day series of meetings with various NASA Directorates, gaining input and insight into the agency’s continued work across a variety of fields.
In specific regard to Commercial Crew, NASA’s Deputy Manager for Commercial Crew, Steve Stitch, updated NAC members on the general progress of SpaceX and Boeing toward next year’s inaugural crew flights of their respective vehicles.
In terms of significant pre-flight milestones still on the books for both SpaceX and Boeing are the in-flight abort test for SpaceX and the pad abort test for Boeing.
Mr. Stitch noted that Boeing’s pad abort test is slated for February 2018 with SpaceX’s in-flight abort test scheduled for April 2018.
This would place the notional schedule of events for Commercial Crew next ...