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Boeing CCtCap Milestones

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Boeing CST-100 docking at ISS. (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing CST-100 docking at ISS. (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing CCtCap Milestone Status
Milestones: 23
Milestones Completed: 2
Milestones Remaining: 21

A couple of notes on the table below:

  • In January, Boeing said it was planning an automated test flight of the CST-100 spacecraft to the International Space Station in April 2017 followed by a flight with crew in July of that year. These flights do not seem to be listed as specific milestones in the contract document.
  • The designation of milestones 3 and 4 as Pending does not necessarily indicate they are incomplete at this time. It’s possible they have been completed but not yet announced.
  • Boeing stated in January that the pad abort test would be completed in February 2017. The schedule calls for the test to be completed by December 2016.
NO. DESCRIPTION DATE
STATUS
1 Certification Baseline Review (CBR) November 2014 Complete
2 Ground Segment Critical Design Review (CDR) November 2014
Complete
3 Phase II Safety Review – Part B (Integrated System) December 2014 Pending
4 Delta Integrated Critical Design Review (I-CDR) January 2015 Pending
5 Qualification Test Vehicle (QTV) Production Readiness Review March 2015 Pending
6 Structural Test Article (STA) Test Readiness Review (TRR) April 2015 Pending
7 CST-100 Checkout and Control System (CCCS) Activation/Validation Tests Complete July 2015 Pending
8 Qualification Test Vehicle (QTV) Integrated Readiness Review (IRR)
August 2015 Pending
9 Flight Software Demonstration Nominal Launch, Docking and De-Orbit October 2015 Pending
10 Orbital Flight Test Configuration Performance & Weight Status Report (CPWSR)  December 2015 Pending
11 Mission Control Center Integrated Simulation System Acceptance Review (SAR) January 2016 Pending
12 Qualification Test Vehicle Test Readiness Review (TRR) April 2016 Pending
13 Integrated Parachute System Drop Tests 1 & 2 Complete
June 2016 Pending
14 Service Module Hot Fire Launch Abort Test Complete September 2016 Pending
15 International Space Station Design Certification Review (DCR) Delivery
November 2016 Pending
16 Orbital Flight Test Flight Operations Review (FOR)
August 2016 Pending
17 Spacecraft Servicing Operational Readiness Review (ORR) November 2016 Pending
18 Pad Abort Test Complete December 2016 Pending
19 Orbital Flight Test (OFT) Flight Test Readiness Review (FTRR) January 2017 Pending
20 Crewed Flight Test Design Certification Review March 2017 Pending
21 Crewed Flight Test (CFT) Flight Test Readiness Review (FTRR) April 2017 Pending
22 Operational Readiness Review (ORR) July 2017 Pending
23 Certification Review (CR) Delivery August 2017 Pending

NASA Releases Redacted Commercial Crew Contracts

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA released redacted versions of the contracts the agency signed with Boeing and SpaceX in September 2014 to begin the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability phase of final development and certification work. The contracts outline goals and obligations that both NASA and the providers agreed to, however, the focus of the agency’s involvement is not just in milestones but in the day-to-day work the NASA team is performing. The agency’s efforts revolve around understanding the providers’ designs and ensuring progress is being made toward meeting safety and performance requirements before crew flight tests and missions to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX CCtCap & CCiCap Milestones

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Dragon Version 2. (Credit: SpaceX)

Dragon Version 2. (Credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX CCiCAP Milestone Status
Milestones: 20
Milestones Completed: 18
Milestones Remaining: 2
Total Possible Award: $460 Million
Total Award to Date: $400 Million
Total Award Remaining: $60 Million

NO. DESCRIPTION ORIGINAL DATE
STATUS AMOUNT
11 Pad Abort Test. SpaceX will conduct a pad abort test of the Dragon spacecraft. The scenario where an abort is initiated while the CTS is still on the pad is a design driver for the launch abort system as it dictates the total impulse and also requires parachute deployment in close proximity to the ground. December 2013 Pending $30 Million
14 In-Flight Abort Test. SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of the Dragon spacecraft. The in-flight abort test will supplement the pad abort test and complete the corners-of-the-box stress cases. The in-flight abort scenario represents a Dragon abort while under propulsive flight of the launch vehicle during the worst-case dynamic loads on the CTS. April 2014 Pending $30 Million
TOTAL REMAINING (OUT OF $460 MILLION): $60 Million

SpaceX CCtCap Milestone Status
Milestones: 18
Milestones Completed: 1
Milestones Remaining: 17

NO. DESCRIPTION DATE
STATUS
1 Certification Baseline Review (CBR) December 2014 Complete
2 Initial Propulsion Module Testing Complete April 2015
Pending
3 Avionics Test Bed Activation May 2015 Pending
4 Delta Critical Design Review (dCDR) June 2015 Pending
5 Docking System Qualification Testing Complete August 2015 Pending
6 Propulsive Land Landing Test Complete September 2015 Pending
7 Launch Site Operational Readiness Review November 2015 Pending
8 Flight Test without Crew Certification Review (FTCR)
December 2015 Pending
9 ECLSS Integrated Test Complete February 2016 Pending
10 Flight to ISS Without Crew March 2016 Pending
11 Parachute Qualification Complete April 2016 Pending
12 Space Suit Qualification Testing Complete May 2016 Pending
13 Launch Site Operational Readiness Review for Crew
June 2016 Pending
14 Design Certification Review (DCR) July 2016 Pending
15 Flight Test Readiness Review (FTRR)
September 2016 Pending
16 Flight to ISS with Crew
October 2016 Pending
17 Operations Readiness Review (ORR) January 2017 Pending
18 Certification Review (CR) April 2017 Pending

NASA IG Sees Problems Ahead for SLS, Orion Programs

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Space Launch System in flight. (Credit: NASA)

Space Launch System in flight. (Credit: NASA)

The Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew vehicle programs are under short-term and long-term budget pressures that could cause significant schedule delays and limit NASA’s ability to conduct human deep-space exploration until the late 2030’s, the space agency’s watchdog said.

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Space Development Alliance Lays Out Ambitious Agenda

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The new Alliance for Space Development (ASD) has set out an ambitious agenda for itself, with a set of objectives that include radically reducing the cost of getting to orbit and expanding NASA’s purpose to support the settlement of humanity off the Earth.

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Midland to Build Engine Test Stand for XCOR

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The XCOR XR-5H25 engine was hot fired for the first time at the XCOR test site located on the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California. (Credit: XCOR)

The XCOR XR-5H25 engine was hot fired for the first time at the XCOR test site located on the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California. (Credit: XCOR)

NewsWest9.com reports the Midland City Council has approved the expenditure of up to $200,000 to build a rocket engine test stand for XCOR at the Midland International Air and Space Port. The money will come from the Midland Development Corporation.

XCOR has a lease to move its R&D facility to the west Texas city, which has put up incentives worth $10 million for the company. The move is planned for after XCOR begins flight tests of its Lynx suborbital spacecraft in Mojave, Calif.

Russia Looks to Extend ISS Operations to 2024 Before Splitting Off

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The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

The International Space Station, backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere. (Credit: NASA)

The Russian space agency Roscosmos is looking to continue operations of the International Space Station (ISS) until 2024, giving a boost to NASA’s effort to extend the life of the facility from the current 2020 deadline.

However, Roscosmos’ Scientific and Technical Council (STC) said the space agency plans to remove the Russian elements of ISS in 2024 in order to form the basis of a separate space station. That decision would end NASA’s hope of extending station operations to 2028.

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Poll: Can’t Give Away Trips to Space

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A new poll shows that the majority of Americans would not take take a flight into space even if they won a ticket for free.

A Monmouth University Poll revealed that 69 percent of respondents would not take the trip while 28 percent would do so. Three percent of those polled said their decision would depend upon the circumstances, and another 1 percent said they did not know.
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Boeing, ULA Conduct Ground Breaking on Commercial Crew Access Tower

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Officials take part in the formal groundbreaking at Space Launch Complex 41 where the Commercial Crew Access Tower will be built. The 200-foot-tall structure is designed to provide safe access for flight and ground crews to the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft at the pad. (Credit: NASA)

Officials take part in the formal groundbreaking at Space Launch Complex 41 where the Commercial Crew Access Tower will be built. The 200-foot-tall structure is designed to provide safe access for flight and ground crews to the Boeing CST-100 spacecraft at the pad. (Credit: NASA)

By Steven Siceloff,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Boeing and United Launch Alliance teams held a ceremonial groundbreaking Feb. 20 to begin construction on the first new crew access structure at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in decades. The preparations will enable Space Launch Complex 41 to host astronauts and their support personnel for flight tests and missions to the International Space Station.

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KSC Video Spotlights Transition to New Era

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Video Caption: NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is midway through its transition from government-focused launch facility to multi-user spaceport capable of handling the needs of NASA’s space exploration ambitions as well as commercial companies.