The first nine astronauts include- Eric Boe, Christopher Ferguson, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley, Josh Cassada, Sunita Williams, Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins.
"For the first time since 2011, we are on the brink of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil". It was a pomp event that could herald a new era in NASA's history. "Today's announcement advances our great American vision and strengthens the nation's leadership in space", he added.
NASA assigns crews to first test flights, missions on commercial spacecraft
Ferguson isn't now a NASA employee, though he served as an astronaut from 1998 to 2011 and commanded the final Space Shuttle mission.
Williams has been a NASA astronaut since 1998.
As part of forward skirt testing, the flight computers came to life for the first time as NASA engineers tested critical avionic systems that will control the rocket's flight.More news: Paul Manafort’s Defense Was Just Dealt Multiple Blows By Immunized Accountant
The vessels, the SpaceX Dragon and Boeing Starliner, have been developed with billions of dollars in funding from NASA, which has contracted SpaceX and Northrop Grumman to make cargo deliveries to the space station since 2012.
The first SpaceX mission to the ISS will be manned by Victor Glover, another newbie, and Mike Hopkins, who has already spent 166 days on the sky-high lab during two tours of duty.
NASA has just updated its schedule for commercial crew.
Chris Ferguson: While Ferguson has been retired from NASA since 2011, he has worked with Boeing's Starliner program for years, earning him a key post on the first crewed test of the system.More news: Record Iranian oil imports for India in July
On the official website space Agency NASA published the audio recordings of the mission "Apollo-11", during which American astronauts for the first time in the history landed on the moon.
These US astronauts previously flew aboard Russian spacecraft to get to the ISS.
United States astronauts now ride on Russian capsules to the space station, with NASA paying as much as $82 million a seat. While both companies had recently said they would conduct their first test flights with astronauts on board by the end of this year, those flights are now scheduled for 2019. Now, SpaceX is targeting November for its inaugural Crew Dragon test flight. NASA plans the first crewed test for April 2019. The 1997 electrical engineering master's recipient has been selected by NASA to fly aboard Boeing's first commercial crew flight test, which is expected to lift off from Florida in the middle of 2019.
Sunita Williams, a veteran astronaut with roots in Needham, is going back into space. NASA had originally expected the companies to have their spacecraft ready for missions to the International Space Station by the end of previous year, but neither were able to meet that target. Some delays stemmed from launch vehicles, such as SpaceX's September 2016 launchpad explosion of an uncrewed Falcon 9 rocket.More news: Trump just made two problematic admissions about the Trump Tower meeting