Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

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Both had been scheduled to take place this year.

The setback comes as Boeing is entrenched in a competition with Elon Musk's SpaceX to deliver astronauts to the space station, replacing the Russian rockets now used for that goal.

The ISS was created to be resupplied with crews and cargo by the shuttle throughout its lifetime, however, so NASA needed to develop alternative systems.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, has sought to revamp NASA's $21 billion budget to foster private-sector commercial activity in low Earth orbit and deeper forays into the solar system. "The systems will be operated in the actual environment to test it and ensure it's ready for crew". Boeing will conduct a manned Starliner flight in mid-2019. ULA is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

NASA/Kennedy Space Center (via Flickr); Boeing; Shayanne Gal/Business InsiderAn illustration of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft (left) and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft (right).

Although they are PPPs, the government provides the lion's share of the funding.

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The NASA statement did not disclose reasons for either company's delays, and SpaceX did not respond to questions about its revised schedule. The first test was set for 2017, but it was delayed to this end of summer (Boeing delaying it to the end of the year). "SpaceX is targeting November 2018 for Crew Dragon's first demonstration mission and April 2019 for Crew Dragon's second demonstration mission, which will carry two NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station".

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No launch date has been set for NASA's satellite fix demonstration, but the mission is expected to happen between 2020 and 2022. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing on the status of the commercial crew program in January at which GAO's Cristina Chaplain presented those results based on earlier analysis. However, Boeing announced Wednesday a delay for its first crewed launch. "After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions".

SAVE THE DATE. On Thursday, NASA announced that SpaceX's Crew Dragon (its spacecraft created to transport astronauts) will be ready for an uncrewed test in November 2018 and a crewed test in April 2019. Four NASA astronauts were selected in 2015 for training.

The Crew Dragon and Starliner will drive the American astronauts on the American-made spaceship from American soil to the ISS for the foremost instance since NASA withdrew its Space Shuttle Program in 2011. Nominally, two astronauts will be on each test flight.

"Safely and reliably flying commercial crew missions for NASA remains the highest priority for SpaceX", said Benji Reed, Director of Crew Mission Management at SpaceX. The CST-100 Cockpit allows the crew to be within 60 hours. Separately, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft for Demo-1 arrived to the Cape in July for final processing.

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