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SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« on: 03/19/2016 10:02 PM »
Some time back we had a discussion going about SpaceX CCtCAP milestones and it wandered off into a political discussion and the mods decided to move the whole thing to Space Politics. I can't even find it there.

Boeing has been very public about its milestones but SpaceX has been silent. NASA has stated that things are progressing but nothing definitive. Some of the milestones should be easy to observe like #6) Propulsive Land Landing Test Complete. Wouldn't someone see this at McGregor?

No.MilestoneTarget DateNew TargetCompleted Date
1 Certification Baseline Review (CBR)December 2014.December 2014
2 Initial Propulsion Module Testing CompleteApril 2015.November 2015
3 Avionics Test Bed ActivationMay 2015.June 2015
4 Delta Critical Design Review (dCDR)June 2015.December 2015
5 Docking System Qualification Testing CompleteAugust 2015.December 2015
6 Propulsive Land Landing Test CompleteSeptember 2015 August 2017Cancelled
7 Launch Site Operational Readiness ReviewNovember 2015.November 2015
8 Flight Test without Crew Certification Review (FTCR)  December 2015March 2018.
9 ECLSS Integrated Test CompleteFebruary 2016July 2016November 2016
10  Flight to ISS Without CrewMarch 2016August 2018.
11 Parachute Qualification CompleteApril 2016March 2018.
12 Space Suit Qualification Testing CompleteMay 2016September 2016November 2016
13 Launch Site Operational Readiness Review for CrewJune 2016.November 2016
14 Design Certification Review (DCR)July 2016May 2018.
15 Flight Test Readiness Review (FTRR)September 2016November 2018.
16 Flight to ISS with CrewOctober 2016December 2018.
17 Operations Readiness Review (ORR)January 2017January 2019.
18 Certification Review (CR)April 2017Febuary 2019.

1. Certification Baseline Review (CBR) Interim Milestone

Objective: At a NASA and Contractor co-chaired Certification Baseline Review (CBR) completed
within ninety (90) days of contract start, the Contractor shall:
(a) Identify the Baseline requirements, including the allocation to the Elements and Subsystems
of the CTS, incorporating the results of NASA’s guidance provided under Certification
Products Contract (CPC) (if applicable), which meet NASA’s requirements defined in CCTREQ-
1130, ISS Crew Transportation and Services Requirements Document and SSP 50808,
International Space Station (ISS) to Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS)
Interface Requirements Document.
(b) Identify the current Crew Transportation System (CTS) design baseline.
(c) Document management plans and products incorporating the results of NASA’s disposition
provided under Certification Products Contract (CPC) (if applicable), to meet requirements
in the CCT-PLN-1120, Crew Transportation Technical Management Processes.
(d) Define the plan and schedule to complete Design, Development, Test, and Evaluation
(DDTE) and certification for the CTS design, production, and operations.
(e) Define top safety, technical, cost and schedule risks based on most current CTS design.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
The Contractor has completed the following and provided to NASA:
(a) The requirements, including the allocation to the Elements and Subsystems of the CTS, incorporating the results of NASA’s disposition under CPC (if applicable) which meet NASA’s requirements defined in CCT-REQ-1130 and SSP 50808 including but not limited to:
      (1) Documentation of previously approved variances and alternate standards incorporated or tailored in requirements
      (2) Provide joint ISS integration products (Interface Control Documents (ICDs), Joint Integrated Verification Test Plan (JiVTP), Bi-lateral Data Exchange Agreement List and Schedule (BDEALS), Bi-lateral Hardware Software Exchange Agreement List and Schedule (BHSEALS)) identified in SSP 50964, Visiting Vehicle ISS Integration Plan.
(b) Documentation of the current CTS design baseline as defined in DRD 102 Certification Baseline Review (CBR) Data Package.
(c) The management plans and products as defined in DRD 102 Certification Baseline Review (CBR) Data Package.
(d) The DRD 108 Verification and Validation (V&V) Plan.
(e) TheDRD 107 Certification Plan.
(f) The DRD 002 Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule for CTS Certification activities.
(g) An assessment of the top safety, technical, cost, and schedule risks to CTS Certification, and documentation of the approach to manage and accept risk with CTS Certification.
(h) DRD 001 Insight Implementation Plan and documentation of the organizational interaction and personnel interfaces to achieve the objectives of the Insight Implementation Plan and Insight Clause.
(i) DRD 101 Milestone Review Plan.
(j) DRD 109 Flight Test Plan.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Requirements are baselined and controlled. The allocation of requirements to the CTS design baseline is complete.
     (1) Requirements are traceable to CCT-REQ-1130 and SSP 50808.
     (2) Variances and alternate standards have been incorporated and appropriately tailored into the Contractor’s requirements.
     (3) Technical coordination is complete for joint ISS integration products (ICDs, JiVTP, BDEALS, BHSEALS) identified in SSP 50964, and products are ready for ISS to baseline post CBR review.
     (4) The Concept of Operations has been baselined.
(b) The CTS design definition products identified in the DRD 102 Certification Baseline Review (CBR) Data Package identify the current design baseline.
(c) Integrated vehicle performance and design margin is appropriate and supports completion of development.
(d) Management plans and products identified in the DRD 102 Certification Baseline Review (CBR) Data Package are in place, controlled and are being implemented. The plans and products identified in the CBR Data Package as type 2 have been approved.
(e) The DRD 108 V&V Plan has been Baselined.
(f) The DRD 107 Certification Plan has been Baselined.
(g) An DRD 002 Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule (IMP/IMS) has been approved.
(h) The top safety, technical, cost and schedule risks are identified, assessed, and clearly communicated. Plans, processes, and appropriate resources necessary to effectively manage the risks are in place.
(i) DRD 001 Insight Implementation Plan has been approved. The organizational interaction
and personnel interfaces to achieve the objectives of the Insight Implementation Plan and
Insight Clause have been documented.
(j) DRD 101 Milestone Review Plan in accordance with the Data Requirement List (DRL)
and DRD has been approved.
(k) DRD 109 Flight Test Plan in accordance with the DRL and DRD has been approved.
(l) A plan and schedule have been defined for the resolution of all actions and open items
resulting from the CBR. All To be Determined (TBD) and To be Resolved (TBR) items are
clearly identified with acceptable plans and schedules for their disposition.

2. Initial Propulsion Module Testing Complete

Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided:
Propulsion Module Test Plan, quick-look test report.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  Propulsion module test plan delivered to NASA at least 30 days before the start of the test campaign. The test plan will contain, at a minimum:
     (1) Primary and secondary (if any) test objectives.
     (2) Key differences between the test article and flight propulsion system.
     (3) Test conditions and environment.
     (4) Test matrix.
     (5) Instrumentation list.
(b) All applicable components acceptance-tested.
(c)  Assembly of the propulsion module test article completed.
(d) Non-reactive testing of the propulsion module completed, including:
     (1) Propulsion system leak checks and functional tests.
     (2) Avionics checkouts.
(e)  Propulsion module test readiness review (TRR) completed before starting the test campaign.
(f)  All action items from the test readiness review (if any) are answered or dispositioned.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Demonstrate a high-altitude abort profile requiring both SuperDraco and Draco firings with
abort bottles.
(b) Demonstrate representative rendezvous and docking thruster firing sequences.
(c) Demonstrate a propulsive-assisted landing thrust profile using SuperDraco engines with
Draco thrusters for roll control.
(d) Obtain data for FDIR threshold determination.
(e) Test results satisfy primary test plan objectives and support the certification plan, or a
process is in place to disposition any open items.
(f) Quick-look test report delivered to NASA within 10 days of test completion.

3. Avionics Test Bed Activation

Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided: HITL test bed schematics, HITL
test bed initial power up and data checkout procedure, quick-look test report.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  Delivery of flight-like flight computer box to HITL test bed.
(b) Delivery of power box to HITL test bed.
(c)  Delivery of vehicle remote-IO box to HITL test bed.
(d) Harnessing between flight computer box, power box, and vehicle remote-IO box delivered and installed on the test bed.
(e)  Sufficient electrical ground support infrastructure to support power-up and box control.
(f)  Flight software booting on flight computer box, power box, and vehicle remote-IO box.
(g) Flight software able to control powered loads on the power box and establish bi-directional network communication from the flight computer box to the power box and vehicle remote-IO box.
(h) Telemetry defined to demonstrate voltage being applied to individual powered loads.
(i) Telemetry defined to demonstrate bi-directional network communication.
(j) SpaceX has completed the following and delivered to NASA no later than 30 days before the activation:
     a. HITL test bed schematics.
     b. HITL test bed initial power up and data checkout procedure.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Demonstrate ability to power-up test bed.
(b) Demonstrate ability to control individual powered loads on the power box.
(c) Demonstrate end-to-end bi-directional network communication between flight computer and
power box.
(d) Demonstrate end-to-end bi-directional network communication capability between flight
computer and vehicle remote-IO box.
(e) Quick-look test report, showing test bed hardware and telemetry collected from
demonstrations above, delivered to NASA within 10 days of test completion.

4. Delta Critical Design Review (dCDR)

Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
SpaceX has completed the following and provided it to NASA at least 30 days before the review:
(a)  Final concept of operations document, detailing all concepts of operations from ground processing through post-landing.
(b) Detailed trajectory analysis for the Dragon-Falcon 9 ascent phase.
(c)  Detailed GNC analysis for ascent aborts, rendezvous and proximity operations, and entry.
(d) Initial set of crew and ground electronic procedures (eProcs).
(e)  Complete crew and ground operator display dictionary.
(f)  Detailed thermal analysis.
(g) Detailed environmental control and life support analysis.
(h) Detailed loads, environments and structural analysis.
(i)  Detailed wind tunnel and CFD aerodynamic reports.
(j)  Drawings for Dragon and Falcon 9
(k) DRD 205 CAD model for Dragon and Falcon 9.
(l)  Schematics for all Dragon, Falcon 9 and launch pad systems.
(m) DRD 107 Verification and Validation Plan
(n) DRD 108 Certification Plan
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Critical designs for all relevant Dragon-Falcon 9 Crew Vehicle and launch pad systems and
subsystems presented to sufficient level of detail.
(b) Comprehensive design presented at sufficient maturity level to show that system
requirements will be met and that the program is ready to proceed with fabrication,
assembly, integration, and test of all articles required for the optional period milestones.
(c) Testing approach is comprehensive and planning for system assembly integration, test, and
launch site and mission operations is sufficient to progress into the next phase.
(d) Updated Integrated Master Schedule presented.
(e) Adequate technical and programmatic margins and resources exist to complete the
development within budget, schedule and risk constraints.
(f) Updates to risk assessments and mitigation strategies presented.
(g) Risks to mission success are understood and plans and resources exist to effectively manage
them.
(h) NASA approval obtained to proceed with fabrication, assembly, integration, and test
activities to support verification and validation.

5. Docking System Qualification Testing Complete

Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided: Docking adapter qualification
plan, qualification docking adapter manufacturing work orders, quick-look test report(s).
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  All docking system action items from the dCDR are answered or dispositioned.
(b) Fabrication and assembly of the qualification units completed.
(c)  Fabrication and checkout of SpaceX 6-DOF HITL test bed.
(d) Docking adapter qualification plan delivered to NASA at least 30 days before starting the test campaign. The test plan will include:
     (1) Primary and secondary (if any) test objectives.
     (2) Key differences (if any) between the test article and the flight docking adapter.
     (3) Test conditions and environment.
     (4) Test matrix.
     (5) Instrumentation list.
(e)  Docking adapter qualification test readiness review (TRR) completed before beginning the test campaign.
(f)  Qualification docking adapter manufacturing work order delivered to NASA no later than 30 days before starting the test campaign.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Demonstrate high probability of successful soft capture through a range of expected initial
conditions using the dynamic analysis model that has been anchored by testing with the JSC
6-DOF test bed.
(b) Qualification test results satisfy primary test plan objectives and support the certification
plan, or a process is in place to disposition any open items.
(c) Quick-look test report(s) delivered to NASA within 10 days of test completion.

6. Propulsive Land Landing Test Complete

Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  Final Propulsive Land Landing Test Plan delivered to NASA at least 30 days before the test.
The test plan will include:
     (1) Primary and secondary (if any) test objectives.
     (2) Configuration of the test unit.
     (3) Key differences between test unit and flight unit.
     (4) Instrumentation plan.
     (5) Pretest performance predications based on GNC simulations.
     (6) Test conditions and environment.
(b) Test operation procedures released at least 15 days before the test.
(c)  Propulsive landing test dry runs/simulations completed.
(d) All applicable components acceptance-tested.
(e)  HITL testing of flight software performed.
(f)  Assembly of the propulsive landing test article completed.
(g) Non-reactive testing of the propulsive landing test article completed, including:
     (1) Structural load testing.
     (2) Propulsion system leak checks and functional tests.
     (3) Avionics checkouts.
(h) Test readiness review completed at least 7 days before test.
(i) All action items from the test readiness review (if any) answered or dispositioned.
(j) FAA, Range Safety, and/or other applicable government approvals for the test demonstration received.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Propulsive landing test conducted.
(b) Test results satisfy primary test plan objectives and support the certification plan, or a
process is in place to disposition any open items.
(c) Telemetry including propulsion, GNC, and avionics sensors recorded or transmitted.
(d) Environmental data for landing acoustics, induced random vibration, and landing dynamics
recorded.
(e) Quick-look test report delivered to NASA within 10 days of test completion.

7. Launch Site Operational Readiness Review

Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  Successful completion of prerequisite SpaceX internal design reviews and hardware build for:
     (1) Lightning protection system.
     (2) Launch complex service structure.
     (3) Pad transportation and handling ground support equipment, including the transporter-erector.
     (4) Launch site fluids system,
     (5) Launch pad communications systems.
     (6) Emergency subsystems, including fire-suppression system and emergency breathing gas.
(b) System safety approval for pad operations.
     (1) Pad operations hazard analysis completed and delivered to NASA no later than 30 days prior to the review.
(c)  Internal design review documentation delivered to NASA no later than 30 days prior to the review.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Pad integrity test complete.
(b) Propellant and gas flow test complete.
(c) Transporter-erector demonstration complete.
(d) Functionality of overall system successfully demonstrated.
(e) Quick look test report delivered to NASA within 10 days of test completion.

8. Flight Test without Crew Certification Review (FTCR)

Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
SpaceX has completed the following and provided NASA with all data products 45 days before FTCR:
(a)  Successful completion of ISS Post Qualification Review (PQR) including:
(a) Delivery of applicable hardware and software items in SSP 50964 (Visiting Vehicle ISS Integration Plan), Appendix G with:
     (1) Path forward for open items jointly agreed to between SpaceX and NASA.
     (2) Delivery and closure of applicable SSP 50808 Verification & Validation products (all requirements less standard open items).
     (3) Path forward for open items jointly agreed to between SpaceX and NASA.
     (4) Delivery and closure of applicable ISS integration hazard reports and completion of the Phase III Safety Review Panel associated with SSP 50808.
     (5) Approval from the ISS Program and PQR Board to approach and dock to the ISS.
(b) SpaceX has completed the following and provided it to NASA at least 45 days before the review:
     (1) Preliminary flight data package (PFDP) tailored for Falcon 9
     (2) Orbital debris assessment report (ODAR)
     (3) End of mission plans (EOMP)
     (4) Reentry data package
     (5) Reentry trajectory data
     (6) Accident investigation plan
     (7) Dragon first responders guide
     (8 )Dragon reentry flight rules
     (9) Recovery operations summary
     (10) Applicable CCT-REQ-1130 hazard reports in accordance with DRD 110 Hazard Reports
     (11) Applicable CCT-REQ-1130 VCNs in accordance with DRD 111 Verification Closure Notices (VCN)
     (12) DRD 113 Range Safety Data Documentation
     (13) DRD 114 CTS Data Input for NASA Integration and Independent Verification and Validation
(c)  Delivery of all items needed for the flight operations review.
(d) Completion of applicable flight hardware component acceptance testing.
(e) Completion of applicable hardware qualification testing.
(f)  Most vehicle integrated system testing and as-built inspections completed.
(g) Initial flight test plan submitted to NASA.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Approval from the Commercial Crew Program to ensure appropriate safety risk of the flight
test to the ISS without crew has been satisfied based on the VCN and Hazard Report
closures.
(b) Open items reviewed with NASA.
(c) Risks associated with the uncrewed missions to the ISS reviewed with NASA.
(d) NASA and SpaceX management jointly provide authority to proceed for Flight to ISS
without Crew milestone.

9. ECLSS Integrated Test Complete

Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided: ECLSS Module Integrated Test
Plan, ECLSS module and GSE schematics, test operation procedures, quick-look test report
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  ECLSS module test unit completed, including all required ECLSS subsystems, such as:
     (1) CO2 scrubbing system and fans.
     (2) Oxygen delivery system.
     (3) Dehumidifier system.
(b) ECLSS module GSE completed.
     (1) Flight-like avionics interfaces.
     (2) GSE thermal control systems.
     (3) GSE oxygen consumables.
     (4) GSE vacuum system.
(c) Checkout testing of the ECLSS module completed, including:
     (1) Leak checks of the pressure section, oxygen system and TCS.
     (2) Avionics checkouts.
(d) Final test plan completed and submitted to NASA at least 30 days before the test. The test plan will contain:
     (1) Primary and secondary (if any) test objectives.
     (2) Configuration of the test unit.
     (3) Key differences between test unit and flight unit.
     (4) Instrumentation plan.
(e) Test operation procedures released at least 15 days before the test.
(f) Test readiness review completed at least 7 days before the test.
(g) ECLSS module and GSE schematics delivered to NASA no later than 30 days prior to the test.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Test results satisfy primary test plan objectives, or a process is in place to disposition any
open items.
(b) Quick-look report provided to NASA within 10 days of the test, including the following
information:
     (1) Plots of predicted versus measured performance of all applicable ECLSS subsystems.
     (2) Description of major anomalies.
     (3) Photographic coverage.

10. Flight to ISS without Crew

Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided: DRD 109 Flight to ISS without
Crew Final Test Plan, DRD 209 Postflight Assessment Report.
Objective: SpaceX will conduct a flight test of the Dragon-Falcon 9 Crew Vehicle without crew
after completion of ISS Integration and before Crew Dragon certification. The mission
configuration will closely match that of the subsequent Flight to ISS with Crew milestone, which
will be the first crewed mission to the ISS. The purpose of this test flight without crew is to provide
an early demonstration and risk reduction of the Dragon-Falcon 9, ground segment, and mission
operations elements. We will use the data from this flight test to support Crew System certification
products, providing mature deliverables informed by flight data.
The key risks mitigated by objectives of this flight test are related to the following:
  Proximity operations.
  Gathering engineering data.
  Design validation.
Demonstrate propulsive-assisted land landing concept of operations.
Demonstrate nosecone mechanism.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
SpaceX has completed the following:
(a)  Flight Test without Crew Certification Review (FTCR) completed.
(b) Open issues from FTCR successfully closed.
(c)  Final Dragon-Falcon 9 Crew Vehicle HITL and integrated system testing completed.
(d) Vehicle level thermal vacuum and acoustic testing of Dragon successfully completed
(e)  All preflight preparations successfully completed.
(f)  DRD 109 Flight to ISS without Crew Final Test Plan submitted to NASA at least 30 days before the launch.
(g) Flight readiness review (FRR) held no later than 7 days before the test.
(h) All action items from the flight test readiness review (if any) answered or dispositioned.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Successful launch and on-orbit deployment of the Dragon-Falcon 9 Crew Vehicle.
(b) Successful docking of Crew Dragon to the ISS.
(c) Successful departure, entry and landing of Crew Dragon.
(d) All mission anomalies identified (if any).
(e) Test results satisfy primary test plan objectives and support the certification plan, or a
process is in place to disposition any open items.
(f) DRD 209 Postflight Assessment Report initially delivered to NASA within 14 days of
landing, with the final report delivered within 30 days after landing.
(g) A plan and schedule have been defined for the resolution of all actions and open items
resulting from the postflight findings. All to be determined and to be resolved items are
clearly identified with acceptable plans and schedules for their disposition. All open items to
be closed by the design certification review (DCR).

11. Parachute Qualification Complete

Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided: Parachute Qualification Test
Plans, quick-look test reports.
Objective: SpaceX will conduct a series of tests on the parachute system in nominal and offnominal
configurations, enveloping conditions for abort and nominal entry scenarios. As described
in DRD 108 Verification and Validation Plan, these tests will demonstrate that the design and build
of the Crew Dragon parachute system meets the intent of Section 4 of JSC-65985, Requirements for
Human Spaceflight for the Trailing Deployable Aerodynamic Decelerator (TDAD) System.
Complete human-rating of the parachute system will leverage these tests along with additional
analysis, inspection and lessons learned from the pad and in-flight abort tests conducted during
CCiCap. The Parachute Qualification milestone will be completed after the Flight to ISS without
Crew milestone because the latter does not require this level of human-rating for a flight without
crew, and any in-flight observations from that test flight can be used to inform the test plan for
parachute qualification.
The Dragon parachute system is critical to the safety of crew members during all missions. Its
purpose is to stabilize and decelerate the vehicle to an appropriate descent rate for a safe land
landing for all mission cases. The system must not only decelerate the Dragon from the extreme
velocities of orbital entry, but must also be able to quickly establish aerodynamic control of the
vehicle for aborted launches, the strictest of these scenarios being an emergency event at the launch
pad. The parachutes make up a sophisticated system subject to many failure modes both known and
unknown, high and potentially uncertain loads, and a wide range of initial conditions. As such,
multiple tests in a full scale and flight-like configuration are required to demonstrate and observe
aspects such as redundancy effectiveness, performance dispersions, and structural integrity.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  NASA approval of Crew Dragon Verification Plan, including testing in support of certification of the Dragon parachute system.
(b) Full-scale test unit(s) prepared with relevant characteristics (e.g., mass, moment of inertia, and outer mold line) as similar to the flight configuration as possible.
(c)  Any needed approvals for use of air/land space to run each test.
(d) Test plans completed and submitted to NASA at least 30 days before test. Test plans will contain:
     (1) Primary and secondary (if any) test objectives.
     (2) Configuration of the test unit.
     (3) Key differences between test unit and flight unit.
     (4) Instrumentation plan.
     (5) Test conditions and environment.
(e) Test readiness reviews (TRR) completed no later than 7 days before the test.
(f) All action items from the test reviews (if any) answered or dispositioned.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Complete each physical test of the Dragon parachute system as outlined in the Crew Dragon
Verification Plan.
(b) Test results satisfy primary test plan objectives.
(c) Quick-look test reports provided to NASA within 10 days of test completion, including the
following:
     (1) Description of major anomalies.
     (2) Plots of acceleration and angular rates.
     (3) Photographic and video coverage.

12. Space Suit Qualification Testing Complete

Testing will include:
1.   Structural pressure testing to verify the ability of the suit to maintain structural integrity with
appropriate factors of safety.
2.   Leakage testing to verify the suit leak rate.
3.   CITL vacuum chamber testing for the full cabin depressurization duration.
4.   Performance testing to verify the suit’s ability to washout carbon dioxide from the suited
subject’s oral nasal region.
5.   Pressurized and unpressurized mobility testing with a suited subject to demonstrate that the
crew can perform required tasks in-flight.
6.   Suit donning testing to verify the crew can don their suits without assistance and within the
time required to support the SpaceX concept of operations, in a representative 1-g
environment.
7.   Acoustic testing to verify the acoustic attenuation of the suit helmet.
8.   Interface testing to verify the suit interfaces properly with other Dragon hardware, including
seats, restraints, and umbilical connections.
Details of the testing will be defined in the Space Suit Qualification Test Plan. In any instances where evaluations include pressurized suit testing or for any testing that would
pose safety hazards to NASA personnel, SpaceX shall submit test plans, procedures and hazard
analyses to NASA for approval before the start of testing.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)Qualification suit build completed, including:
     (1) All suit elements, such as pressure garment, helmet, gloves and boots.
     (2) Representative suit pressure control hardware.
(b) Test readiness review held with NASA no less than 7 days before the start of qualification
testing. The purpose of the meeting is to determine readiness to begin qualification testing.
(c) Qualification test plan(s) completed and submitted to NASA at least 30 days before the test
readiness review. The test plan(s) will include:
     (1) Primary and secondary (if any) test objectives.
     (2) Test description, including test levels and durations (if applicable).
     (3) Configuration of the suit qualification article.
     (4) Key differences between the qualification suit and the flight suit.
     (5) Safety assessments of test setup for all pressurized suit testing or any testing that would pose safety hazards to NASA personnel
(d) All action items from the test readiness review answered or dispositioned.
(e) NASA approval to proceed with testing on a test-by-test basis, such that testing can begin for tests NASA has approved.
(f) Qualification space suit manufacturing work orders delivered to NASA no later than 30 days prior to the test.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) All tests identified in the Space Suit Qualification Test Plan completed.
(b) Test results satisfy primary test plan objectives and support the human certification plan, or a process is in place to disposition any open items.
(c) Quick-look test report provided to NASA within 10 days of test completion, including the following:
     (1) Description of major anomalies.
(d) Summary of test results showing that the design and performance of the suit meets all relevant requirements.

13. Launch Site Operational Readiness Review for Crew

Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
(a)  Demonstration test plan developed and submitted to NASA for review at least 30 days
before the crew ingress/egress demonstration. This plan will outline the operations to be
simulated, the procedures to be used, and the overall timeline of the demonstration.
(b) Crew ingress/egress demonstration test readiness review completed at least 7 days before
test.
(c)  All action items from the demonstration test readiness review (if any) answered or
dispositioned.
(d) Electronic copy of the following technical products made available for NASA review at
least 15 days before the review:
     (1) Updated concept of operations for ground operations, if applicable.
     (2) Launch complex blast damage area assessment.
     (3) Blast pressure wave analysis and survivability assessment.
(e)  Successful completion of prerequisite SpaceX internal design reviews and hardware build for:
     (i) Lightning protection system.
     (ii) Launch complex service structure, including tower, elevator, Crew Dragon access arm and white room.
     (iii) Crew emergency egress system.
     (iv) Pad transportation and handling ground support equipment, including transporter-erector.
     (v) Launch pad communications systems.
     (vi) Launch control center.
     (vii) Emergency subsystems, including fire-suppression system and emergency breathing gas.
(f) Delivery of internal design review documentation to NASA at least 15 days before the review.
(g) System safety approval for pad operations.
     (i) Pad operations hazard analysis completed and delivered to NASA 15 days before the review.
     (ii) System safety requirements verification (for ingress/egress ground systems, only) completed and delivered to NASA 15 days before the review.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Crew ingress and egress operations demonstrated to be safe and effective. Emergency pad
egress shown to meet all relevant NASA and SpaceX requirements.
(b) Human factors assessment performed by NASA and/or SpaceX experts.
(c) Ground system designs for ingress/egress meet requirements at an acceptable level of risk.
(d) Functionality of overall system successfully verified via demonstration (when available), or otherwise by analysis, test or inspection.
(e) Operational concept is technically sound and human factors included (where appropriate).
(f) Certification objectives have been met or a process is in place to disposition any open items.
(g) Demonstration test report generated and delivered to NASA.

14. Design Certification Review (DCR) Milestone

Planned Start Date and Completion Date (mo/yr):
July 2016
Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided:
DRD 002, DRD 103, DRD 109,
DRD 110, DRD 111, DRD 112, DRD 113, DRD 203
Delivery of Data/DRDs (mo/yr):
NLT 45 days before milestone reference
DRD 101 Milestone
Review Plan
Objective:
DCR acceptance criteria shall be met before any crewed test flights.
At a NASA and Contractor co-chaired DCR, the Contractor shall:
(a)  Demonstrate that the Crew Transportation System (CTS) and operations meet all applicable
requirements (exceptions must be preapproved by the Commercial Crew Program/ISS Program (CCP/ISSP)), as defined in CCT-REQ-1130, ISS Crew Transportation and Services Requirements Document,
and SSP 50808, ISS to Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Interface Requirements Document (IRD) in order to meet the ISS Design Reference Mission (DRM) within CCT-DRM-1110, CTS DRM.
(b) Provide evidence that it has met all applicable requirements (exceptions must be preapproved by the CCP/ISSP) through the implementation of its baselined management and certification plans and processes required in CCT-PLN-1120, Crew Transportation Technical Management Processes.
(c)  Demonstrate schedule performance in accordance with the DRD 002 Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule.
(d) Define top safety, technical, cost, and schedule risks. Upon meeting the DCR Acceptance Criteria defined below, NASA will permit the Contractor to proceed to a Flight Test Readiness Review (FTRR).
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
The Contractor has completed the following and provided to NASA:
(a)  The DRD 103 Design Certification Review Data Package.
(b) The DRD 112 Certification Data Package including but not limited to:
     (1) All DRD 111 Verification Closure Notices (VCNs) demonstrating that the CTS requirements have been met. (All VCNs shall be closed unless exceptions are preapproved by the CCP/ISSP).
     (2) The hazard analysis and DRD 110 Hazard Reports have been approved by NASA.
(c) All management and certification plans and processes required in CCT-PLN-1120 have been completed.
(d) ISS Integration per SSP 50964, Visiting Vehicle ISS Integration Plan, including the Flight
Operations Review and the ISS Phase III Safety Review have been completed. Forward work is scheduled and approved by NASA.
(e) The DRD 002 Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule.
(f) The DRD 113 Range Safety Data Documentation.
(g) The DRD 203 Vehicle Interface Definition Document (IDD).
(h) An assessment of the top safety risks and documentation of the management and acceptance of risk including, but not limited to:
     (1) Most recent results of the Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) that identify the integrated safety and mission assurance risk of the baseline design, and individually identifies top risk contributors.
     (2) An assessment of crew survival capability of the baseline design in accordance with CCT-PLN-1120.
(i) The top programmatic risks have been identified and assessed.
(j) Documentation substantiating all Review Item Dispositions (RIDs) and actions from design reviews, verification reviews, and Certification Baseline Review (CBR) are closed.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) The DRD 112 Certification Data Package has been approved by NASA.
     (1) All applicable DRD 111 VCNs have been approved by NASA. (All VCNs relevant to crewed flight test will be approved by NASA with acceptable open work).
     (2) The design provides crew survival capability.
     (3) Operational limits and constraints have been implemented and verified.
     (4) Operational roles and procedures have been defined for crew, mission team and mission management.
(b) An DRD 002 Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule has been approved.
(c) The top safety risks are identified, assessed, and clearly communicated. Plans, processes, and appropriate resources necessary to effectively manage the risks are in place.
     (1) Major risks to crew safety and mission success have been identified, quantified, and integrated in a PSA.
     (2) Risk mitigation strategies associated with the CTS design baseline, cost and schedule have been identified and agreed upon by NASA.
(d) The top programmatic risks have been identified. Plans, processes, and appropriate resources necessary to effectively manage the risks are in place.
(e) All RIDs and actions from design reviews, verification reviews and CBR are closed. All To be Determined (TBD) and To be Resolved (TBR) items are clearly identified with acceptable plans and schedules for their disposition and have been submitted.
(f) A plan and schedule have been defined for the resolution of all actions and open items resulting from the DCR. All TBD and TBR items are clearly identified with acceptable plans and schedules for their disposition.

15. Flight Test Readiness Review (FTRR) Interim Milestone

Planned Start Date and Completion Date (mo/yr): September 2016
Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided:
DRD 104, DRD 110, DRD 111, DRD 112, Delivery of Data/DRDs (mo/yr): NLT 45 days before milestone reference DRD 101 Milestone Review Plan
Objective:
For each crewed flight test(s), the Contractor shall conduct an FTRR that demonstrates readiness to conduct a crewed flight test and defines a risk baseline for crewed flight test activities.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
The Contractor has completed the following and provided to NASA:
(a)  All data and documentation identified in CCT-PLN-1120, Crew Transportation Technical Management Processes, CTS FRR Milestone Data, as the DRD 104 FTRR Data Package.
     (1) Approval of any new, open or changes to applicable DRD 111 Verification Closure Notices (VCNs), DRD 110 Hazard Reports, and DRD 112 Certification Data Package.
     (2) Documentation that all acceptance, checkout and integration testing has been completed.
     (3) Documentation of flight specific products.
     (4) Documentation that the launch site, Range, recovery and tracking and data support resources have committed to launch.
     (5) Documentation that landing site recovery support and resources have committed to landing.
     (6) Documentation that all operational supporting and enabling capabilities (e.g., facilities, equipment, documents, updated databases) necessary for nominal and contingency operations have been tested and delivered/installed at the site(s) necessary to support operations.
     (7) Documentation that plans, processes, procedures and training for nominal and contingency operations for the Crew Transportation System (CTS) have been completed to support operations.
     (8 )Documentation that systems hardware, software, personnel, processes and procedures are in place to support operations.
(b) The Contractor, its subcontractors, suppliers and team members have provided flight readiness endorsements demonstrating that they have met requirements in accordance with the Contractor’s management processes.
(c) International Space Station (ISS) Stage Operational Readiness Review (SORR) has been completed and the ISS is ready to accept the Visiting Vehicle and crew for flight tests to ISS.
     (1) Documentation of residual mission risks and related analyses for acceptance.
(d) All open actions from Design Certification review (DCR) and SORR have been closed.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) The DRD 104 FTRR Data Package has been presented and accepted by NASA.
(b) All changes, modifications and anomalies since DCR have been resolved and resolutions have been accepted by NASA.
(c) Mission management team, crew, and mission support team have been identified, have been trained, and are in place.
(d) The plan and schedule of preplanned forward work has been accepted by NASA.
(e) Any open work or constraints to launch are identified and closeout plans and schedules are in place and supportable.
(f) NASA has accepted the flight specific products.
(g) Launch Site, Range, and recovery support organizations have committed to launch.
(h) Landing site support and resources have committed to landing.
(i) NASA has accepted residual flight test risks.

16. Flight to ISS with Crew

Planned Start Date and Completion Date (mo/yr): October 2016
Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided:
DRD 109 Flight to ISS with Crew Final Test Plan, DRD 209 Postflight Assessment Report
Delivery of Data/DRDs (mo/yr): NLT 30 days before milestone (except as noted below)
Objective:
As the final validation test before proceeding with the Crew Vehicle Operations Readiness Review (ORR), SpaceX will conduct a second test flight of the Dragon-Falcon 9 Crew System, this time with crew, after NASA approval of the Design Certification Review and Flight Test Readiness Review. The purpose of this test is to provide an early demonstration and risk reduction of the Dragon-Falcon 9 System for operational missions. We will use the data from this flight to support the creation of mature Crew Dragon certification products and to demonstrate readiness for post-certification missions. This flight test will be a short-duration mission of approximately 14 days.
The key risks mitigated by this flight test are related to the following CITL operations:
Proximity operations.
  o Proximity operations with the new Dragon-to-ISS communications system.
  o Autonomous V-bar approach and rendezvous.
  o Crew monitoring capability during autonomous docking operations.
  o Crew ingress and egress to ISS.
Gathering engineering data gathering.
  o Additional data for thermal model validation.
  o Additional aerodynamic data for modified Dragon OML during entry and landing.
  o Additional flight data for loads and dynamic environments.
  o Data for ECLSS performance with crew onboard during all phases of flight.
Design validation.
  o Crew manual control of vehicle attitude and translation.
  o Nominal operation of spacesuits.
  o The ability of the crew to adequately monitor vehicle performance and command vehicle systems.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
SpaceX has met the following criteria:
(a) Design Certification Review (DCR) completed.
(b) Open issues from the Flight Test Readiness Review successfully closed.
(c) Received  FAA,  Range  Safety  and/or  other  applicable  government  approvals  for  the  test demonstration.
(d) Final Dragon-Falcon 9 Crew Vehicle HITL and integrated system testing completed.
(e) All preflight preparations successfully completed.
(f) All crew and ground operator training completed and all personnel certified for flight.
(g) DRD 109 final flight test plan submitted to NASA at least 30 days before the launch. NASA comments on the test plan provided to SpaceX no less that 15 days before launch.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) Successful launch and on-orbit deployment of the Dragon-Falcon 9 Crew Vehicle.
(b) Successful docking of the Crew Dragon system to the ISS.
(c) Successful ingress of the crew to ISS.
(d) Successful departure, entry and landing of Crew Dragon.
(e) Successful  demonstration  of  crew  manual  flight  control,  crew  commanding  and  crew monitoring functions.
(f) Safe return of crew to Earth.
(g) All mission anomalies identified (if any).
(h) Test  results  satisfy  primary  test  plan  objectives  and  support  the  certification  plan,  or  a process is in place to disposition any open items.
(i) DRD 209 Postflight Assessment Report delivered to NASA within 14 days of landing, the final report delivered within 30 days after landing.
(j) A plan and schedule have been defined for the resolution of all actions and open items resulting from the postflight findings. All to be determined and to be resolved items are clearly identified with acceptable plans and schedules for their disposition. All open items to be closed by the Operational Readiness Review (ORR).

17. Operations Readiness Review (ORR) Interim Milestone

Planned Start Date and Completion Date (mo/yr): January 2017
Data/Data Requirement Deliverables (DRDs) to be provided:
DRD 105, DRD 110, DRD 111, DRD 112, Delivery of Data/DRDs (mo/yr): NLT 45 days before milestone reference DRD 101 Milestone Review Plan
Objective:
At a NASA and Contractor co-chaired Operations Readiness Review (ORR), the Contractor shall demonstrate that the actual Crew Transportation System (CTS) system characteristics and the procedures used in operations reflect the deployed state of the CTS. The ORR evaluates all project and support (flight and ground) hardware, software, personnel, and procedures to ensure flight and associated ground systems are in compliance with program requirements and constraints.
An ORR occurs upon successful completion of the crewed test flight to International Space Station (ISS). Upon meeting the ORR Acceptance Criteria defined below, NASA will accept operations readiness of the system for Post Certification Missions (PCMs).
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
The Contractor has completed the following and provided to NASA:
(a)  The DRD 105 Operations Readiness Review (ORR) Data Package.
(b) Any updates to the DRD 112 Certification Data Package.
(c)  Any new, open or changed DRD 111 Verification Closure Notices (VCNs) and DRD 110 Hazard Reports.
(d) Approval of closure of action items from Flight Test Readiness Review(s) (FTRR(s)), Design Certification Review(s) (DCR(s)) and previous reviews.
(e)  Documentation substantiating that all validation testing has been completed.
(f)  Documentation providing evidence that failures and anomalies have been resolved and the results incorporated.
(g) Documentation that all operational supporting and enabling capabilities (e.g., facilities, equipment, documents, updated databases) necessary for nominal and contingency operations have been tested and delivered/installed at the site(s) necessary to support recurring operations.
(h) Documentation that plans, procedures and training for nominal and contingency operations for the CTS have been completed to support recurring operations.
(i) Documentation that systems hardware, software, personnel, and procedures are in place to support recurring operations.
(j) An assessment of the top safety risks and documentation of the management and acceptance of risk including but not limited to:
     (1) Most recent results of the Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) that identify the integrated safety and mission assurance risk of the baseline design, and individually identifies top risk contributors.
     (2) An assessment of crew survival capability of the baseline design in accordance with CCT-PLN-1120,
Crew Transportation Technical Management Processes.
(k) The top programmatic risks have been identified and assessed.
(l) Documentation substantiating all Review Item Dispositions (RIDs) and actions from design reviews, verification reviews, DCR(s), and FTRR(s) are closed.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) The CTS, including any enabling products, is determined to be ready to be placed in a
recurring operations status.
(1) NASA has approved the updated DRD 112 Certification Data Package including any
remaining open DRD 111 Verification Closure Notices and DRD 110 Hazard
Reports.
(2) NASA has approved closure of action items from DCR and previous reviews.
(3) NASA has accepted documentation as evidence that all validation testing has been
completed.
(4) NASA has accepted documentation as evidence that failures and anomalies have been
resolved and the results incorporated.
(5) NASA has accepted documentation that all operational supporting and enabling
capabilities (e.g., facilities, equipment, documents, updated databases) necessary for
nominal and contingency operations have been tested and delivered/installed at the
site(s) necessary to support sustaining operations.
(6) NASA has accepted documentation that all plans, procedures and training for nominal
and contingency operations for the CTS have been completed to support sustaining
operations.
(b) NASA has accepted documentation that systems hardware, software, personnel, and
procedures are in place to support operations.
(c) The top safety risks for Post Certification Missions are identified, assessed, and clearly
communicated. Plans, processes, and appropriate resources necessary to effectively manage
the risks are in place.
(1) Major risks to crew safety and mission success have been identified, quantified, and
integrated in a PSA.
(2) Risk mitigation strategies associated with the CTS design baseline, cost and schedule
have been identified and agreed upon by NASA.
(d) The top programmatic risks have been identified. Plans, processes, and appropriate
resources necessary to effectively manage the risks are in place.
(e) A plan and schedule have been defined for the resolution of all actions and open items
resulting from the ORR. All To be Determined (TBD) and To be Resolved (TBR) items are
clearly identified with acceptable plans and schedules for their disposition.

18. Certification Review (CR) Milestone

Objective: At a NASA chaired review, the Contractor shall provide evidence that the CTS has met
all NASA requirements identified in Attachment J-01, Integrated Crew Transportation System
(CTS) Requirements. The Contractor shall also provide documentation of the crew safety and
mission assurance risks associated with the CTS.
Indicators of Milestone Readiness:
The Contractor has completed the following and provided to NASA:
(a) The DRD 106 Certification Review Milestone Data Package
(b) The DRD 112 Certification Data Package.
(c) Documentation of results from all flight tests, Operations Readiness Review (ORR),
production acceptance testing and closure of any open requirements from Design
Certification Review(s) (DCR(s)).
(d) An assessment of the top safety risks and documentation of the management and acceptance
of risk including but not limited to:
    (1) Most recent results of the Probabilistic Safety Analysis (PSA) that identify the integrated
    safety and mission assurance risk of the baseline design, and individually identifies top
    risk contributors.
    (2) An assessment of crew survival capability of the baseline design.
(e) The top programmatic risks have been identified and assessed.
(f) Documentation substantiating all Review Item Dispositions (RIDs) and actions from design
reviews, verification reviews, DCR(s), Flight Test Readiness Review(s) (FTRR(s)) and
ORR are closed.
Acceptance Criteria:
(a) CTS Certification recommendation has been approved including DRD 112 Certification
Data Package.
(b) Results from risk assessment have been accepted by NASA.
(c) Closure of all open actions from previous reviews have been approved by NASA.

Above descriptions from: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/CCtCap_SpaceX_508.pdf
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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #1 on: 03/19/2016 10:34 PM »
I like this kind of thread!

This recent NAC slide (which covers all, but also SpaceX) may also help with the path:
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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #2 on: 03/19/2016 10:48 PM »
The graphic Chris posted shows:
2. in Nov 2015
3. in June 2015
7. in June 2015

Also have CDR in Oct 2015 which doesn't appear to be on your list.

Since then, I think I remember Shotwell (or someone) saying they completed the Delta CDR (4) at the end of 2015.

The other milestones are listed as planned for completion in:
5. Dec 2015
6. Dec 2015 (Propulsive Descent Test Complete or April 2016 (Validation Propulsive Module Testing Complete)
8. Sept 2016
9. July 2016
10. Dec 2016
11. Jan 2017
12. Sept 2016
13. June 2016
14. Jan 2017
15. March 2017
16. April 2017
17. July 2017
18. Oct 2017

Edit: started with the completed ones (grey) and decided why not do them all.
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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #3 on: 03/19/2016 11:07 PM »
I posted this on and other thread but I think it would help here.

Here is the text on the slide 12 of the recent NAC presentation
http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/4-CCP-Status-McAlister.pdf
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Significant progress made over the last quarter:

Completed two Critical Design Reviews
– Dragon, F9, ground systems, and operations
– SpaceX in the process of addressing all NASA comments to satisfaction

Propulsion System Testing
– Began Initial propulsive landing tests (Pad abort vehicle)
– Propulsion system testing (SuperDraco Module)

Activated 39A launch site

Good progress on space suit and helmet design

Crew Module seats being modified to maximize crew
safety

Flew upgraded F9 that will carry crew

Completed first 4-parachute test

Qualification and production on key components
– Dragon vehicle structures are in production
– Conducted Qualification testing of several F9 Systems and development testing of stage separation system to human standards
– Completed Docking System Qualification

Approved alternate standards
– Software alternate standard approved
– Avionics environmental testing alternate standard approved

My understanding is that 1,2,3,4,5 and 7 of your list are completed.


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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #4 on: 03/20/2016 12:32 AM »
Here's another very recent NAC chart that lists completed milestones (no dates though)

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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #5 on: 03/20/2016 01:08 AM »
So I guess we can take Chris's NAC chart as definitive up to end of November 2015. So I see rockets4life items 2 & 3 but 7 is in November. And I will create a new column for adjusted target dates. As for The Man In A Can's post, only 3 items are clearly stated as completed, a second CDR (4), Docking System Qualification (5) and Parachute test which I will take to be item 11. I guess I won't, see leaflion's post below.
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« Reply #6 on: 03/20/2016 01:21 AM »
I missed one: initial propulsion landing complete (November 2015).

I think this is the initial Dragonfly tests. They've clearly started, but we don't have word that they completed the tests. AnalogMan's post points to this milestone not yet being complete.

Also, AnalogMan's post indicates that the CDR and dCDR are not complete. From the NAC slide posted by The man in the can, it looks like SpaceX is responding to comments and should be closing these out soon (but maybe not yet officially complete). Hard to say as it somewhat contradicts the picture Chris posted from the same presentation.
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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #7 on: 03/20/2016 01:33 AM »
Some time back we had a discussion going about SpaceX CCtCAP milestones and it wandered off into a political discussion and the mods decided to move the whole thing to Space Politics. I can't even find it there.

Boeing has been very public about its milestones but SpaceX has been silent. NASA has stated that things are progressing but nothing definitive. Some of the milestones should be easy to observe like #6) Propulsive Land Landing Test Complete. Wouldn't someone see this at McGregor?

Which milestones are known to be complete?

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I miss the 3 monthly Return on Investment (ROI) reports that COTS used to publish.

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« Reply #8 on: 03/20/2016 02:15 AM »
So I guess we can take Chris's NAC chart as definitive up to end of November 2015. So I see rockets4life items 2 & 3 but 7 is in November. And I will create a new column for adjusted target dates. As for The Man In A Can's post, only 3 items are clearly stated as completed, a second CDR (4), Docking System Qualification (5) and Parachute test which I will take to be item 11.

First 4 parachute drop test is not item 11 "parachute qualification complete".  Qualification will take many tests.  The test reported may or may not be the start of parachute qualification, or more likely the end of parachute development testing.  Usually once you finish development you built a flight set of parachutes using the processes and QC that you would for flight units and test them some number of times at different edges of nominal conditions for qual testing.

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I've been trying to find the original list of milestones from NASA, because I want to add descriptions. Can someone provide me with the link?
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« Reply #10 on: 03/20/2016 12:07 PM »
I've been trying to find the original list of milestones from NASA, because I want to add descriptions. Can someone provide me with the link?

Contract (redacted) can be found at the following link (milestones are in Attachment J-03, Appendix A):

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/CCtCap_SpaceX_508.pdf


Edit:

Separate sets of CCtCAP contract documents can be found here:

http://www.nasa.gov/content/electronic-library-spacex-commercial-crew-transportation-capability-contract-cctcap

http://www.nasa.gov/content/electronic-library-boeing-commercial-crew-transportation-capability-contract-cctcap
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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #11 on: 03/31/2016 07:31 PM »
Here is the milestones chart as of march 2016 posted on twitter by Jeff Foust and reported by Sesquipedalian on the commercial crew schedule thread.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/715552131323994115

EDIT : Corrected a mistake about who posted it
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« Reply #12 on: 04/01/2016 07:18 AM »
Here is the milestones chart as of march 2016 posted on twitter by Jeff Foust and reported by Sesquipedalian on the commercial crew schedule thread.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/715552131323994115

EDIT : Corrected a mistake about who posted it

And as expected the uncrewed mission of Dragon 2 to the ISS has shifted some five months to the right and is now thoroughly in 2017. There will be no Dragon 2 launching this year.  Compared to what was reported last November the crewed demo mission shifted no less than eight months to the right, to august 2017.
The interval between the unmanned flight and the in-flight abort test is IMO unrealistically tight (just two months), so I expect the in-flight abort test to shift to the right. Which means the crewed demo mission will also shift to the right (again). I fully expect for it to eventually shift into 2018.

I also expect similar shifts to happen for CST-100. IMO their first crewed mission will also go into 2018.
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« Reply #13 on: 05/03/2016 04:14 AM »
Here is the milestones chart as of march 2016 posted on twitter by Jeff Foust and reported by Sesquipedalian on the commercial crew schedule thread.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/715552131323994115

EDIT : Corrected a mistake about who posted it

And as expected the uncrewed mission of Dragon 2 to the ISS has shifted some five months to the right and is now thoroughly in 2017. There will be no Dragon 2 launching this year.  Compared to what was reported last November the crewed demo mission shifted no less than eight months to the right, to august 2017.
The interval between the unmanned flight and the in-flight abort test is IMO unrealistically tight (just two months), so I expect the in-flight abort test to shift to the right. Which means the crewed demo mission will also shift to the right (again). I fully expect for it to eventually shift into 2018.

I also expect similar shifts to happen for CST-100. IMO their first crewed mission will also go into 2018.

Oh things have slipped, indeed. But far worse than 5 months. If you talk to engineers actually doing CCtCap work, they all say add another 17 months for Boeing and 19-20 for SpaceX, that Boeing flies in 12/2017 followed by SpaceX.

Does anyone actually have a CCtCap milestone update? The last I have is McAlister's July 2015 Commercial Crew Status. Back then, Boeing had completed only 4/23 of its CCtCap milestones and SpaceX only 1/18.

I note above graphic that shows Boeing and SpaceX have plans to complete a great many milestones throughout 2016. But then SpaceX said it would complete the CCiCap inflight abort test by December. Here we are, in May, and SpaceX is now officially over two years behind on CCiCap Milestone 14. Maybe the third anniversary will be the charm? In any case, after the delays of COTS, CRS, and CCiCap, what the CCP companies want to do, and what they in fact do don't match-up very well, at least for SpaceX.

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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #14 on: 05/03/2016 09:20 AM »
Here is the milestones chart as of march 2016 posted on twitter by Jeff Foust and reported by Sesquipedalian on the commercial crew schedule thread.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/715552131323994115

EDIT : Corrected a mistake about who posted it

And as expected the uncrewed mission of Dragon 2 to the ISS has shifted some five months to the right and is now thoroughly in 2017. There will be no Dragon 2 launching this year.  Compared to what was reported last November the crewed demo mission shifted no less than eight months to the right, to august 2017.
The interval between the unmanned flight and the in-flight abort test is IMO unrealistically tight (just two months), so I expect the in-flight abort test to shift to the right. Which means the crewed demo mission will also shift to the right (again). I fully expect for it to eventually shift into 2018.

I also expect similar shifts to happen for CST-100. IMO their first crewed mission will also go into 2018.

Oh things have slipped, indeed. But far worse than 5 months. If you talk to engineers actually doing CCtCap work, they all say add another 17 months for Boeing and 19-20 for SpaceX, that Boeing flies in 12/2017 followed by SpaceX.

Does anyone actually have a CCtCap milestone update? The last I have is McAlister's July 2015 Commercial Crew Status. Back then, Boeing had completed only 4/23 of its CCtCap milestones and SpaceX only 1/18.

I note above graphic that shows Boeing and SpaceX have plans to complete a great many milestones throughout 2016. But then SpaceX said it would complete the CCiCap inflight abort test by December. Here we are, in May, and SpaceX is now officially over two years behind on CCiCap Milestone 14. Maybe the third anniversary will be the charm? In any case, after the delays of COTS, CRS, and CCiCap, what the CCP companies want to do, and what they in fact do don't match-up very well, at least for SpaceX.
It has been expected by several folks that Boeing will fly before SpaceX and I think the same. The compressed SpaceX schedule always seemed unrealistic. Also not surprised to see that Boeing is also well into delays.

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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #15 on: 05/03/2016 10:08 AM »
^ This is very frustrating to learn, but I'm glad some reality has been injected into the conversations around here to counter the hype. I really wish SpaceX would be realistic about their product delivery dates, it has knock-on effects for Red Dragon and their long term goals. Why even mention 2018 as a possibility if the are so far behind on getting Dragon 2 in any configuration off the ground?

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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #16 on: 05/03/2016 12:20 PM »
Red Dragon is arguably easier than Crew Dragon (both v2) because it doesn't need to be human rated and have life support.

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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #17 on: 05/03/2016 02:54 PM »

Oh things have slipped, indeed. But far worse than 5 months. If you talk to engineers actually doing CCtCap work, they all say add another 17 months for Boeing and 19-20 for SpaceX, that Boeing flies in 12/2017 followed by SpaceX.

Does anyone actually have a CCtCap milestone update? The last I have is McAlister's July 2015 Commercial Crew Status. Back then, Boeing had completed only 4/23 of its CCtCap milestones and SpaceX only 1/18.

I note above graphic that shows Boeing and SpaceX have plans to complete a great many milestones throughout 2016. But then SpaceX said it would complete the CCiCap inflight abort test by December. Here we are, in May, and SpaceX is now officially over two years behind on CCiCap Milestone 14. Maybe the third anniversary will be the charm? In any case, after the delays of COTS, CRS, and CCiCap, what the CCP companies want to do, and what they in fact do don't match-up very well, at least for SpaceX.

Jim, hopefully your current source is more reliable than the one that assured you CRS-7 failure was most likely due to LOX tank dome cracking from stress caused by insulation liner... [/grainofsalt]

I've been jaded by SpaceX time dilation before, but given recent performance I think I'll wait for another significant slip before I press the I believe button on an additional 1 year slip from here.


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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #18 on: 05/03/2016 03:09 PM »
^ This is very frustrating to learn, but I'm glad some reality has been injected into the conversations around here to counter the hype. I really wish SpaceX would be realistic about their product delivery dates, it has knock-on effects for Red Dragon and their long term goals. Why even mention 2018 as a possibility if the are so far behind on getting Dragon 2 in any configuration off the ground?

No harm in trying. What even are realistic dates in this industry?
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Re: SpaceX CCtCAP Milestones
« Reply #19 on: 05/03/2016 03:57 PM »
They don't know, what they don't know. Spacesuits, ECLSS, integrated human flight control systems, etc...So much of what they are doing, they've never done before. Hell, very few people on this entire planet have done what they and Boeing are doing. These are not just NASA contractors. They are fully privately owned and operated vehicles from design, to build, to test, to launch, to loiter, to return. No private company has ever taken the responsibilities for the entirety of this process.

And specifically with SpaceX, they designed their own Docking Adapter to the IDA specs/requirements, a never before integrated abort and landing system, new trunk with integrated Solar panels, retractable nose cone, their own unique, "has to look as cool as it works" Spacesuit, etc.. Oh and lest we forget...they'v never done any of these things before. (forget cargo Dragon, this vehicle is so far beyond that you may as well compare Apollo to Mercury.

Are the dates moving right frustrating? Only insofar as I'm excited as hell to see these vehicles fly and bring crew launches back to FL. I wouldn't be surprised to see both crewed test-fights move into early to mid 2018. Maybe not, but they will eventually fly. And that's important and what keeps me kinda-maybe-sorta patient.
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