A team of expert astronauts and aeronauts from the US are preparing for a manned operation at ISS (International Space Station) in Housten. The new Starliner spacecraft from Boeing can be used to take peoples into space in near future assignments. The mission was initially planned for this month, but due to technical issues, it gets delayed to year-end or in 2020. Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are in contention for becoming the first private company to resume human space flight. The companies having cutting edge technology are among those composed to make the most profit from the huge growth opportunities.
NASA has always been dependent for years on the Russian rockets and spacecraft for shipping of peoples to the space station. A science and engineering laboratory revolving 400 km (250 miles) above the earth, which has been continuously supervised. The US $100 billion laboratories have been monitored by the team of astronauts in rotation since November of 2000. NASA is giving the total US $ 7 billion to SpaceX and Boeing combined for the building of rocket and capsule launching system. There are some exercises done at Johnson Space Center at Housten. The training includes exercise underwater to mimic spacewalk, replying to emergencies and practicing cutting maneuvers on the flight simulator.
A former NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain Ferguson helped the team with design to interact with automated Boeing CST-100 Starliner. Ferguson led NASA’s space shuttle mission in 2011 and spent more than forty days in space. Ferguson also said that while making the Starliner, the company hasn’t given a lot thought inside on how does the crew interface with the vehicle which is designed to operate automatically. The design has been a negotiation between keeping it minimalistic but at the same while giving the pilot to know where he is, where does he need to go and how to fix things if gone wrong. The Starliner mission will build the groundwork for Boeing’s commercial flight program that includes carrying passengers to the space station.