Nas well as its commercial partners, Boeing and SpaceX, are nearing completion of their new capsule development program, which will act as a taxi between the Earth and the International Space Station (ISS).
Two final convicted test flights were confirmed for the next year, followed by the first astronauts in the summer.
The US has no domestic means to launch its astronauts since 2011, when Space Shuttle was retired. From that time, relying on Russian Soyuz craftsmanship carry the Americans to the universe.
In tandem, NASA has developed capsules within the commercial program crew. This effort is reaching the final stages. On January 7, SpaceX will launch its first Crew Dragon spacecraft that will be dropped test flight to ISS to open the way for the first crew flight in June.
In March, Boeing will perform a similar test of its CST-100 Starliner in its upcoming run in August. Before flying, two companies will conduct run tests and inflight-abortion. NASA also conducts an overview of its culture of workplace safety in companies.