Indian-origin NASA astronaut Sunita Williams working with Space X and Boeing to develop spacecraft. A NASA astronaut, 52, has completed two missions to the International Space Station, holding the record for the most spacewalk time by a female astronaut with spending 50 hours and 40 minutes.
Williams is continuing her career in space by helping privately-held companies like Space X and Boeing as a member of NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) group to develop their new spacecraft systems. This system will ultimately provide round-trip crew transportation services to the International Space Station (ISS), according to a report revealed on Sunday.
US space agency reported that Sunita Williams is one of the four astronauts who was selected by NASA for commercial space flights in 2015 that will return American launches to US soil and additionally open up transportation of low-Earth orbit to the private sector.
The commercial crew group aims to make transportation to and from the International Space Station from the US reliable, safe and cost-effective via a public-private approach. The system is under testing process and once it’s ready and fulfills safety requirements, NASA, Boeing, and SpaceX will lead missions’ test.
“This is really different from my old job, you know,” Williams said.
According to the biography of the astronaut, “Sunita is currently assigned to the cadre of astronauts training to fly the initial test flights for America’s first commercially built spacecraft the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon.”
Williams was born on 19 September 1965 in Euclid, Ohio, and was launched first with the crew of STS-116 on 9 December 2006, where she served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 14 and 15.