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SpaceX and Boeing are preparing for the first launches of manned vehicles

SpaceX and Boeing are preparing for the first launches of manned vehicles

The first test runs will begin this year

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SpaceX and Boeing are preparing for the first manned space flights in the framework of the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is a program of NASA, aimed at the development of private manned spacecraft to deliver astronauts to the International space station. It is reported by Popular mechanics with a link to the portal Futurism.

The first test runs will begin this year.

The last time manned the ships used in the U.S. in July 2011 — at the start of the STS-135 mission. Since then, the United States to deliver its astronauts to the ISS acquired a place in the Russian missions.

Recently NASA reported on the progress of each company towards the first launches.

SpaceX appears to be ahead of the competitor, or, in any case, working at an accelerated pace. The company plans to send the first manned spacecraft before the end of the year.

While Boeing needs only to announce the approximate dates for the first runs.

However, before each of the launches will be given the green signal, both companies will have to conduct a battery of tests for compliance with safety requirements.

Boeing will use a manned spacecraft CST-100 Cockpit. It is expected to launch rocket “Atlas-5”, manufactured by United Launch Alliance, launch complex Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

SpaceX will test a new version of a Dragon, prepared for the manned missions. Vehicle launches, the carrier rocket Falcon 9.

The ultimate goal of both companies is to launch six manned spacecraft to the International space station between 2019 and 2024 years.

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