Boeing is NASA’s first decide for manned ISS flights
NASA is on monitor to deliver human spaceflight again to the US. The company has ordered its first “crew rotation” mission from Boeing, which can contain ferrying astronauts to the Worldwide Area Station (ISS). NASA says it expects to make an identical order with Elon Musk’s SpaceX later this yr — afterwards, it can determine which of the 2 corporations to inexperienced-mild for the primary mission in late 2017. Nevertheless, this milestone second in US spaceflight might simply shift. For one, Boeing and SpaceX nonetheless have to full NASA’s certification course of earlier than they will undertake any missions. For an additional, NASA’s Business Crew Program depends on enough funding by means of 2016 and past. If it comes up brief, the company says it “should delay future milestones for each companions proportionally and prolong sole reliance on Russia.” We’re protecting our fingers crossed.