Boeing and SpaceX will begin the delivery of astronauts on the ISS in 2019
Boeing and SpaceX Aerospace companies will deliver astronauts to the ISS next year. Total from 2019 to 2024 is planned to make at least six manned missions to the International Space Station - NASA reported on his blog.
According to the American space agency, the first test of private manned space shuttles will begin in 2018. Both companies are testing their own development on space platforms in Florida. Kennedy Space Center, and Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral will also be involved in the trials.
Priority is given to test the safety of space shuttles, so all this year, NASA experts and Boeing and SpaceX engineers devote inspections of space systems and their compliance with international requirements. It results from this test will determine whether the development of Boeing and SpaceX will receive certificates for private manned launches. The Boeing before the end of this year plan to test engines, parachutes and key spacecraft systems. SpaceX is engaged in the construction of six ships Crew Dragon and leads the development of innovative spacesuit for astronauts. In addition, work is underway on the engines and Draco SuperDraco.
Own NASA development related to manned missions to the ISS, moving too slowly, and their effectiveness is questionable, but the US government is demanding from the American space agency as the at least one manned space program can be implemented quickly - it will not only reduce costs budget, but also to refuse the services of Russian "Soyuz", which are now delivered to all ISS astronauts. The first demo manned flight to the ISS SpaceX plans to make in the second quarter of 2018.