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Company test pilots to fly US next spacecraft

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:30 AM

Company test pilots slated for first commercial space flights slated for first commercial space flights


spaceflightnow.com said:

The first American rockets and spacecraft to fly in the wake of the shuttle's retirement will be crewed by company test pilots -- not NASA astronauts -- in part to give space agency managers better insight into flight readiness and safety, officials said Wednesday.

Assuming NASA gets the funding managers say they need -- a big if in today's political environment -- Space Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, hopes to launch a manned version of its Dragon cargo ship in the mid 2015 timeframe, followed by a crewed flight to the International Space Station later that year

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

Sounds like a good. I really think there is something in the work for a new sapacecraft that no one is talking about.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 07:04 PM

Yeah ! ITs called the ARK there building it in the Mts, Of India,and China. Well The New Year was a bit of a party this year !

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