29 August 2018
Space News reports that NASA continues to study the use of “commercial crew test flights as space station crew rotation missions, but won’t make a final decision regarding that until next summer.” At a meeting Monday of the NASA Advisory Council at the agency’s Ames Research Center, agency officials confirmed that they are “keeping the option open of using the crewed test flights of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon” to maintain a US presence aboard the ISS, and also expressed confidence that “either or both vehicles will be certified for crew rotation missions by the end of next year.” According to NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier, “If we can bring commercial crew online this year and next year, then we have sufficient margin to overlap with the Soyuz capability.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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