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NASA May Add Crew Member to Boeing's Manned Flight Test Under Contract Modification

NASA May Add Crew Member to Boeing's Manned Flight Test Under Contract Modification - top government contractors - best government contracting event

NASA May Add Crew Member to Boeing's Manned Flight Test Under Contract Modification - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNASA has modified its contract with Boeing for the transportation of astronauts to and from the International Space Station in a move that could potentially extend crewed flight test to up to six months and add a third crew member to the test flight.

The agency said Friday the revised Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract could also facilitate additional maintenance and research activities while Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is moored to ISS as well as maintain U.S. presence on the orbiting laboratory.

“This contract modification provides NASA with additional schedule margin if needed,“ said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's human exploration and operations mission directorate.

Gerstenmaier noted that transitioning the manned test flight into an operational mission requires “careful review.“

“Modifying the contract now allows NASA and Boeing an opportunity to tailor the duration to balance the mission needs with vehicle and crew capabilities,“ he added.

Boeing's unmanned Orbital Flight Test is slated for launch in August while its crewed flight test is scheduled for November.

SpaceX plans to carry out its Demonstration Mission 1 crewed test flight in August and conduct a manned flight test in December.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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