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  • Soyuz launch 3-14-2019

    I started this on the old board.

    Scheduled for 3:14PM Thursday. Christina Koch was a classmate of my nephew's wife at North Carolina School of Science and Math. They have been in touch recently via social media.

    Koch was been busy since her selection as an astronaut. She has gotten married, learned to fly a supersonic T38 jet, learned Russian, learned to scuba dive, and spent about 2 years in Russia learned the Soyuz. Koch is scheduled to be part of the first all female space walk about 2 weeks after docking with ISS.

    The other 2 crew members are from the aborted Oct. flight.

    Remember the crew - before the flight.

    Part of me wishes they were flying the Crew Dragon.

    http://spacecoastdaily.com/2019/03/n...ur-cosmodrome/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l7MM9yoxII
    quote:
    "It is sad that open-wheel racing has become a buy a ride situation, but it is what it is."

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    crispy

    Insider Join Date Jul 2000 Location 29 Land Posts 17,936
    Since you brought it up.

    Who determines the crews of the "Commercial" rockets?

    Is that solely NASA?
    quote:
    "It is sad that open-wheel racing has become a buy a ride situation, but it is what it is."

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    • #3
      https://www.space.com/43087-nasa-ast...st-flight.html

      Looks like NASA assigns astronauts. The question with the Starliner is did NASA or Boeing assign Ferguson. SpaceX also has a former NASA astronaut working with Crew Dragon, but he is not assigned to the first manned flight of Crew Dragon.
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      "It is sad that open-wheel racing has become a buy a ride situation, but it is what it is."

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      • #4
        Since the primary market (at the moment) for commercial manned spaceflight is flights to the ISS, it's pretty much NASA for now. They'll just be contracting out the ride up there to SpaceX or Boeing where until recently they were only contracting Roscosmos. That will change as the commercial manned spaceflight industry matures. Before long I expect to see them flying more and more space tourists and what were once called "payload specialists" during the Shuttle era-employees of the company that built this or that payload for delivery to the ISS.
        "Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang

        "If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio

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        • #5
          Just how badly will it affect Roscosmos when it loses the revenue from launching NASA astronauts?
          quote:
          "It is sad that open-wheel racing has become a buy a ride situation, but it is what it is."

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          • #6
            They have many other customers.
            "Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang

            "If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio

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