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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #40 on: 05/22/2013 12:56 pm »
Quote from: Jeff Foust
"Garrett Reisman: we believe we can do first Dragon flight test with crew on board in mid-2015; part of optional CCiCap milestones."

http://twitter.com/jeff_foust

That's conflicting information.. maybe the crew test flights are back on the table?

More likely is he's just speaking from the SpaceX perspective.. they'll be ready, but NASA is unlikely to pay for it.


That is assuming the optional milestones are picked up for a crewed flight (which NASA does not intend to do). The timeline under FAR is not available given that phase 2 of certification has not yet been awarded (or competed). Reisman also stated that SpaceX would prefer to continue under SAAs. If commercial crew is not fully funded in FY 2014, it is conceivable that SAAs will continue a while longer.

Although NASA has said that that crewed flights would not be under SAAs, it made no promise concerning uncrewed flights. I am hoping that NASA will continue the optional milestones for two companies until they each fly an uncrewed flight. 
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #41 on: 05/22/2013 01:03 pm »
Quote from: Jeff Foust
"Garrett Reisman: we believe we can do first Dragon flight test with crew on board in mid-2015; part of optional CCiCap milestones."

http://twitter.com/jeff_foust

That's conflicting information.. maybe the crew test flights are back on the table?

More likely is he's just speaking from the SpaceX perspective.. they'll be ready, but NASA is unlikely to pay for it.


That is assuming the optional milestones are picked up (which NASA does not intend to do). The timeline under FAR is not available given that phase 2 of certification has not been awarded. Reisman also stated that SpaceX would prefer to continue under SAAs. If commercial crew is not fully funded in FY 2014, it is conceivable that SAAs will continue a while longer.

Although NASA said that that crewed flights would not be under SAAs, it made no promise concerning uncrewed flights. I am hoping that NASA will continue the optional milestones for two companies until they each fly an uncrewed flight. 

Even if NASA doesn't fund it, I'm willing to bet we will see SpaceX do a crewed test flight. They will need to prove their capsule for commercial customers.
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #42 on: 05/22/2013 01:17 pm »
SpaceX would rather get paid for it. I am not sure why they would do a free test flight when NASA is willing to pay for it. They are apparently the favorites even if there is a downselection to one.
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #43 on: 05/22/2013 01:25 pm »
SpaceX would rather get paid for it. I am not sure why they would do a free test flight when NASA is willing to pay for it. They are apparently the favorites even if there is a downselection to one.

Of course they would, but I think they are going to run into a timing issue. Especially if Bigelow manages to keep on schedule with the BA330.
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #44 on: 05/22/2013 01:38 pm »
once the CCiCap base period is over, NASA is free to downselect at that point in time.

We keep using that word, even though the commercial crew office has explicitly said they won't be doing a downselect; every phase is an open competition where new partners have a chance to join.

Of course, I don't believe this for a second, but it's wrong to say they're free to downselect.

Last I heard, they were still talking about taking multiple partners through certification, but only one crew services contract would be awarded.





Since they have already started with the "Certification Products" contracts, as a list of separate items from the CCiCAP contracts, I don't see how a new vendor could sneak in.

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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #45 on: 05/22/2013 04:32 pm »
More likely is he's just speaking from the SpaceX perspective.. they'll be ready, but NASA is unlikely to pay for it.
I wonder if they'd fly anyway.  They're not looking for NASA crew.

Wonder if they could sell seats to defray cost? :) (if they go without NASA paying)
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #46 on: 05/22/2013 08:31 pm »
More likely is he's just speaking from the SpaceX perspective.. they'll be ready, but NASA is unlikely to pay for it.
I wonder if they'd fly anyway.  They're not looking for NASA crew.

Wonder if they could sell seats to defray cost? :) (if they go without NASA paying)
Possible, but this raises the question would they be allowed to berth at the ISS and if so for how long?
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #47 on: 05/22/2013 11:08 pm »
Since they have already started with the "Certification Products" contracts, as a list of separate items from the CCiCAP contracts, I don't see how a new vendor could sneak in.

Me either, but the commercial crew office has specifically said it is possible and balked on the use of "downselect".
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #48 on: 05/24/2013 02:55 am »
Since they have already started with the "Certification Products" contracts, as a list of separate items from the CCiCAP contracts, I don't see how a new vendor could sneak in.
Me either, but the commercial crew office has specifically said it is possible and balked on the use of "downselect".

Legally NASA is required to allow anyone to bid on Certification Phase 2; use of "downselect" contravenes that requirement.

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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #49 on: 05/26/2013 01:00 pm »
Space companies warn against excessive government oversight of their industry:
http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_23292340/space-companies-warn-against-excessive-government-oversight-their
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Re: McAlister Discusses Commercial Crew Certification
« Reply #50 on: 06/09/2013 02:16 pm »
Here are the minutes of the April 18th NAC meeting which include the presentation on which the article is based:
http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/752301main_2013_April%2018_HEOC%20Minutes.pdf

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