Thanks for the ATA. (Bob and Doug in front of the Dragon Crew Capsule.) The first mission that will carry American astronauts in a next generation space vehicle will be the SpaceX DM-2 flight, carrying Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for what has now gone from a simple 2â5 day visit out to an extended mission, since the DM-2 Dragon Capsule has the more advanced, long term life support systems on board, as opposed to the initial capsule planned for DM-2 that was used for the In-Flight Abort test instead. This is currently scheduled for about 58 days from when Iâm writing this, around May 20th, 2020. Itâs possible that, given the scheduling t might fly a second crew mission to the ISS before Boeing gets their act together on Starliner. (The Boeing CST-100 Starliner after their OFT mission.) At some point, Boeingâs CST-100 Starliner will be the next to carry astronauts to the ISS. Likely at some point in 2021 or early 2022, after Boeingâs rather disastrous OFT (Orbital Flight Test) mission pointed out at least three critical issues with the spacecraft that need to be addressed before the next flight. (The Orion capsule â with service module â for flights beyond low earth orbit.) The Orion capsule is also in development for use on the SLS and the Artemis flight program to return to the Moon. The Orion is larger than either the Crew Dragon craft of SpaceX, or the Starliner of Boeing, and is designed for longer duration missions beyond Low Earth Orbit. However, Artemis requires the SLS, and the SLS isnât scheduled for their first unmanned flight until November of 2021, and that date is still tenuous. The earliest a manned mission would likely take place is 2022 or 2023. Finally, at some point this year (2020) itâs likely that New Shepard will also carry its first tourists to the lowest edge of Space, and also that Virgin Galactic will also carry passengers in its Space Ship Two as well. Oh, SpaceX has also signed contracts with Space Adventures to allow orbital space tourism on board the Crew Dragon, with up to 7 occupants, starting sometime in 2021. Finally come the wild-cards. Blue Origin is building New Glenn to carry cargo and potentially passengers to space, but so far we have seen no manned capsule from Blue Origin. Additionally, SpaceX is rapidly iterating on the Starship design in Boca Chica, TX, which is the first real âcolonialâ ship, capable of carrying up to 100 passengers to the Moon or even Mars. Although the âStarhopperâ prototype has already demonstrated flight, SpaceX has yet to get a single Starship off the ground, and also to produce the âSuperHeavyâ first stage that will carry it to orbit. The big advantage of the SpaceX Starship is that the design is 100% reusable, with a goal of âgas and goâ landings and launches. So, the answer to your question is pretty straight-forward, but thereâs a lot of exciting stuff coming up as well.
You just may find yourself walking on the moon one day. It was a really cool image. I have been wanting to draw this type of spacecraft since reading an article from the late 80s called Star Trek: The Movies. You are probably familiar with these three pictures if you have seen the movies. These pictures were taken on the set of Star Trek: The Movie. The Tar dis The original version of the Tar dis. This is the original version used in 1979. This is still the most iconic of the Tar dis designs with its circular shape and bulbous top. This version was the ship that took Doctor Who is a actor Tom Baker into the unknown. He was transported to the planet Dog. We never saw or heard from Tom Baker again after that, and he died in 1993, but his character did return in 2001 when he started.