NASA announced its first commercial crew, targeting 2019 for test flights

Tinuku - NASA announced the astronaut selection for the first Commercial Crew flights, which will finally restore the ability to launch astronauts from American soil. Boeing's first test flight, which is scheduled for mid-2019, will have Eric Boe, social media-savvy astronaut Chris Ferguson and rookie Nicole Aunapu Mann on board.

SpaceX's inaugural Crew Dragon voyage, targeting April 2019, will have Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins as crew. NASA also announced the astronauts for the first missions, which will be long-duration and dock with the International Space Station.

Tinuku NASA announced its first commercial crew, targeting 2019 for test flights

Suni Williams, who is best known for running the Boston Marathon on an ISS treadmill, will be joined by rookie astronaut Josh Cassada. And finally, the second SpaceX demo flight will be crewed by Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

The announcement of crew for these first four flights is a nice morale booster for the Commercial Crew program, but there's still a long way to go. Both Boeing and SpaceX have issues to work out before they can complete their first crewed flights; the 2019 dates are targets and may be optimistic ones at that.

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