John Young has to be aboard!
Quote from: Bob Shaw on 04/17/2015 11:10 pmJohn Young has to be aboard!Susie would kill him if he tried...
Chris Ferguson seems like a pretty popular choice for the Boeing guy on here, I just don't see any real reason why. If he wanted to fly in space again he'd have stayed with NASA.
I think some of this just depends on what Astronauts are focused on CST-100 versus Dragon. Does anyone here have an idea of that?
Quote from: kdhilliard on 09/09/2015 02:00 amAlso on Monday 31 August 2015, David Livingston of The Space Show interviewed Kathy Lueders (NASA's Commercial Crew Program Manager). A few technical tidbits from this interview:- Orbital demonstration test from Boeing CST-100 will carry two people: one from Boeing and one from NASA.- Demonstration mission from SpaceX Dragon 2 will carry two people: both from NASA...
Also on Monday 31 August 2015, David Livingston of The Space Show interviewed Kathy Lueders (NASA's Commercial Crew Program Manager).
“Where will Boeing look for a qualified test pilot?”“Boeing will reach out to see who out there is qualified and wants to do this.”“The smartest thing would be to pick an old NASA astronaut!”“So how about you? Would you like to do it?” I quickly inquired.“I don’t know. Sure I’d like to go to space again, who wouldn’t like to go to space,” Ferguson mused, as we chuckled.“But it’s a business for young, steely eyed missile men,” he replied, taking himself out of the running. … Maybe …“I think we could pry someone out of NASA and convince them to work for Boeing to fly a test flight. I wouldn’t be surprised if the phone starts ringing here in the next few months looking for someone.”
I wouldn't be surprised to see a one man test flight. Mission control can act as the second man to fly the craft robotically if need be.