Commercial Crew Program

The first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft
The first U.S. astronauts who will fly on American-made, commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station, pose for a portrait in front of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon Commercial Crew vehicle mock ups at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The astronauts are, from left to right: Suni Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Chris Ferguson, Doug Hurley, Bob Behnken, Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station.¬†

Commercial transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities of discovery on the orbiting laboratory. The station is critical for NASA to understand and overcome the challenges of long-duration spaceflight necessary for the journey to Mars. By encouraging industry to provide human transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA can expand its focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions.