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NASA on Friday is set to unveil which astronauts will fly SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft from the Space Coast in the near future, marking the first crewed flights from US soil since 2011.

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A report issued last month by a United States government auditor said Boeing and SpaceX are unlikely to be able to send astronauts to the ISS next year, resulting in a possible gap in the United States presence on the spacecraft.

Also, the organization will declare the crew tasks for the foremost post-certification operation and crew flight tests for both SpaceX and Boeing, in a press conference to be chaired over by Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator.

"I'm incredibly proud of the progress our team has made, and it has been inspiring to watch them work through challenges quickly, while developing a brand new human-rated spacecraft that Boeing, NASA and the nation can be proud of", Mulholland added.

NASA will announce which astronauts will fly with Boeing and SpaceX at an event Friday at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"NASA's Commercial Crew Program will return human spaceflight launches to USA soil, providing safe, reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit on systems that meet our safety and mission requirements", said the official blog.

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Meanwhile, SpaceX seems to be carrying on as planned, since there has been no news as of this writing that the company might also push back the first manned mission of its Crew Dragon.

The crew assigned to fly on the company's Crew Dragon will liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from historic pad 39A.

"While we know there's quite a bit of interest and focus on who will fly first, NASA is more interested in both of them flying successfully", Stephanie Schierholz, a spokeswoman for the USA space agency, said Thursday. They will be revealing which astronauts get to partake in the next generation of space flight.

Since June's test was created to prepare the Starliner spacecraft for the launch abort test later this summer, that procedure will have to wait a while longer until it can be rescheduled.

SpaceX's Dragon crew ship, on display at the company's Hawthorne, Calif., factory in 2014. "After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions". "We want to do some climate science, but we aren't going to do some of the insane stuff that the previous administration did", he said. The company said it has identified the root cause of that incident and will make both operational and technical changes to ensure the valves close properly in the future. DM-2, Crew Dragon's first manned demonstration flight, is still now scheduled for December 2018, as reported by the Inquisitr.