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Boeing, SpaceX progressing towards first crewed missions in 2018: NASA

"Both companies are scheduled to begin flight tests to prove the space systems meet NASA's requirements for certification in the coming year," Xinhua quoted NASA as saying

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US space agency said on Thursday its industry partners, and SpaceX, are targeting the return of human from Florida's Space Coast in 2018.

"Both companies are scheduled to begin flight tests to prove the meet NASA's requirements for certification in the coming year," quoted as saying.

"Boeing's Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space 41 and SpaceX's Crew Dragon will launch on the company's 9 rocket from 39A."

is expected to perform an uncrewed flight test in August, during which the unmanned Starliner will dock to the for about two weeks.

Then, the company will fly the Starliner spacecraft for its first commercial to the in November with two crew members on board.

Meanwhile, is targeting the second quarter of 2018 for its first uncrewed demonstration mission with Crew Dragon to and from the

It will be followed by a crewed mission in the third quarter of 2018 that will see two astronauts flying to and from the International Space Station in SpaceX' s Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The two crewed missions by and "represent a major milestone in the return of human from the United States," NASA was quoted as saying.

If everything goes well, the companies are each slated to fly six crew missions to the International Space Station beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2024, it added.

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 09:12 IST
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