The first US astronauts selected to fly the NASA's SpaceX capsule have rejected a series of designs and tests, saying the new technology is much more advanced than the space shuttle program that ended eight years ago.
Spacecraft veterans Bob Behenen (48) and Doug Hurley (52) have been scheduled for an explosion later this year or in 2020 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the debut flight of the crew capsule of the crew of the International Space Station and back.
Then, two astronauts, Mike Hopkins (50) and Victor Glover (43), were appointed to launch the first official operational mission of the vehicle, possibly with two other crew members from other countries.
Astronauts have expressed confidence in the capabilities and safety of space vehicles that are being developed through NASA's new trade partnerships. They also said that space flight business is not always orderly and clean.
"People to a certain extent think they are pretty glamorous enough to be able to enter the universe, but it's actually a tricky camping," Hurley told Reuters in recent interviews with astronauts conducted at the Johnson Space Center in NASA in Houston.
California SpaceX, a privately owned privately owned billionaire entrepreneur Elon Mask, successfully unveiled the crew of the crew of the space station in March on a testing mission known as Demo 1. The capsule safely splashed into the Atlantic and was restored several days later.
But next April, April 20, SpaceX suffered a sudden attack when the same crew crew blew during a vehicle driver's emergency switch, designed to move the capsule and its crew to safety from the top of the rocket in the event of a failure in release.
The accident upset the SpaceX schedule.
NASA said Space Space had "re-examined target tests" for the crew of the mission – previously scheduled for July.
The latest NASA schedule now has the first unmanned flying crew of Boeing's Stariner crew, scheduled for abolition in August before the mission of SpaceX's debut team, worn by Beckenk and Hurley, the agency said.
The April crash, which SpaceX and NASA called the "anomaly" in the ugly expression of engineers from the aerospace space station, is being investigated.
"Generally speaking, the anomaly that has happened to us in the past is the best kind of thing, because we will understand it … and we will make sure that this will not happen again," said Bekenk. "We are carriers of risk, and being informed of that risk is also important."
The Crew crew and the Falcon 9 rocket, which are lined up in orbit, are the creations of SpaceX. The first crew, with the launch of the two, would mark a milestone not only for the company Mask, but also for NASA in its search for the resumption of human space flights from the United States after nearly a decade.
NASA pays SpaceX and Boeing Co with nearly $ 7 billion combined, for each to build launch systems and a capsule for transmitting astronauts to the space station.
After NASA completed its space shuttle program in 2011, US astronauts had to fly to the Soyuz spacecraft on missions in the orbital research lab.