Washington sources reported that the first human spaceflight aboard a SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) is expected to take place in June 2019, while a flight on a Boeing spacecraft is set to follow in August 2019. Meanwhile it is the first crewed mission by the US since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. Furthermore NASA astronauts currently use Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and its contract is set to expire in November 2019.
Meanwhile both SpaceX and Boeing launches have already been postponed several times; NASA said that it would now be providing monthly updates on deadlines. Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA headquarters said "This new process for reporting our schedule is better; nevertheless, launch dates will still have some uncertainty, and we anticipate they may change as we get closer to launch".
Recently NASA said “Boeing and SpaceX have made significant strides in the
development and operation of a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems
in partnership with NASA's Commercial Crew Program”. Moreover the success of
these human spaceflight systems will be an unprecedented achievement for the
commercial space industry and will enable NASA to focus on deep space
exploration with NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System, as we return
humans to the Moon and on to Mars.
IFF kick-started in Chennai Accordingly the 16th edition of the Chennai International Film Festival was kicked off in the city on Thursday with an inaugural function held at Kalaivanar Arangam. Reports added the festival will continue for a week until December 20. It is spearheaded by Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), CIFF is an annual event that showcases some of the best National and International films and draws a huge crowd of cinephiles, both young and old from across the state.
- Nepal Govt banned usage of Indian Currency Notes
- Banks be closed for 5 Days due to Merger
- Has Harish Rao's post given by TRS Party Supreme KCR?
- TRS party considering giving a representation to EC regarding symbol issues
- 13 Miners trapped in Coal pit yet to be rescued
- Donald Trump's son-in-law short listed for President's next chief of staff
- Rehana Fathima gets a bail and ban!
- BJP to focus on caste based votes!