Boeing, NASA Sign Commercial Crew Agreement; Chris Ferguson Comments

Boeing signed an agreement with NASA to partner on mission planning and training for the company’s commercial crew capsule, the company announced Friday.

The Chicago, Ill.-based firm said it signed an agreement with the agency under phase two of its NASA Space Act Agreement for Commercial Crew Development.

Boeing and NASA will discuss integrating launch operations for the Commercial Space Transportation-100 spacecraft with Boeing’s mission control facility at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Chris Ferguson, Boeing’s director of crew and mission Operations for the commercial crew program, said the work will also help NASA retain key proficiencies for future human spaceflight operations.

Training and real-time operations will take place at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The company is also working to negotiate a larger agreement to provide end-to-end flight operations for NASA.

Space Florida recently selected Boeing to manufacture, assemble and test its spacecraft at Kennedy.

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