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July 30 – August 5, 2018 / Vol 37, No 31 / Hawai`i Island, USA

27 Jul 2018, 20:01 UTC
July 30 – August 5, 2018 / Vol 37, No 31 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Commercial Crew Program Update, USA Public-Private Business Opportunities

National Space Council leader and USA V. P. Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Kennedy Space Center August 3, while NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at Johnson Space Center is planning to announce new launch dates and the first Astronauts to fly to ISS under the CCP with Boeing and SpaceX. Each crew will be trained to ride in and operate CST-100 Starliner and Dragon V2, both of which can carry 7 people and have contracts to supply 6 flights between 2019-2024. Bob Behnken, Sunita Williams, Eric Boe and Douglas Hurley (L-R) were selected in 2015. SpaceX may be on track for a September 16 uncrewed test flight from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center, followed by crew demonstration flight January 17, 2019. Boeing is likely delayed, due to a fuel leak from an abort system engine test, from an October uncrewed flight, with a December 31 crew demo flight. Upcoming NASA-industry opportunities include pre-solicitation for Flexible Lunar Explorer (FLEx) Landers addressing development of medium- to large-scale lunar landers with demo flight 2022, draft request for proposal of Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) for 10-kg payload services by end of 2021, Request for Information ...

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