28 August 2018
In an interview with USA Today, NASA Administrator James Bridenstine “all but guarantee[d] his agency will soon be back in the business of carrying humans into low-Earth orbit in 2019.” According to Bridenstine, “Without question, by the middle of next year, we’ll be flying American astronauts on American rockets from American soil. We’re so close.” The comments are a sign of the “confidence” NASA has in The Boeing Company and SpaceX, who are leading its Commercial Crew Program. Both companies plan test flights in 2019, potentially sooner for SpaceX. However, “even if all goes smoothly next year,” the first arrival at the ISS will be at least four years behind schedule. (Image Credit: Associated Press–©)
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