NASA named the first crews of private spacecraft

At the press conference held on August 3, the American Aerospace Agency announced the names of 9 astronauts who will be part of the first crews of private spacecraft CST-100 Starliner and Dragon 2. NASA representatives also confirmed the new flight schedule.
NASA named the first crews of the mission’s private spacecraft, Starliner, composition, first, Dragon, first, Ferguson, manned, entered, CST100, space, space shuttles, flew, double, count, flight, crew, CTS100, Glover, regular

Astronauts Robert Bencken and Douglas Hurley were assigned to the first manned mission of Dragon 2 scheduled for April 2019. Both had already flown in space shuttle space twice.
Eric Bou, Chris Ferguson and Nicole Onapu Mann received the assignment to the crew of the first manned mission of the CTS-100 Starliner, which is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2019. Bow and Ferguson flew the shuttles twice. For Mann, the upcoming mission will be the first flight into space. What is particularly symbolic, Ferguson was the commander of the last mission of the shuttle "Atlantis" in 2011.
NASA named the first crews of the mission’s private spacecraft, Starliner, composition, first, Dragon, first, Ferguson, manned, entered, CST100, space, space shuttles, flew, double, count, flight, crew, CTS100, Glover, regular

In addition, NASA spoke about the crews of the first full-time missions to the ISS. The first regular CTS-100 Starliner mission included John Kassad and Sunita Williams.For Kassad, this is the first flight, on the account of Uljams there are already two long expeditions to the ISS.
The crew of the first regular Crew Dragon mission included Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins. On the account of Hopkins, one expedition to the ISS, Glover has not yet flown into space.
NASA named the first crews of the mission’s private spacecraft, Starliner, composition, first, Dragon, first, Ferguson, manned, entered, CST100, space, space shuttles, flew, double, count, flight, crew, CTS100, Glover, regular

At the moment it cannot be ruled out that in the future the schedule of the first flights of the CST-100 Starliner and Dragon 2 will again be adjusted. Since the contract between NASA and Roscosmos will expire in 2019, new delays may result in the United States losing access to the ISS for a while.
In this regard, NASA is considering several options designed to prevent the emergence of such a "gap". Thus, the agency changed the contract with Boeing, adding a third astronaut to the first manned mission CST-100 Starliner, which will remain onboard the ISS and will be part of its crew. Also, NASA is exploring the possibility of postponing the landing of the “Union” with the last paid seat from November 2019 to January 2020. In theory, the option of any extension of the contract with Roscosmos is not excluded. The state corporation has already declared its readiness to provide space for American astronauts in the event of new delays with the first flights of private spacecraft.

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