Boeing, SpaceX human spaceflight postponed to 2019


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The first two on the list were initially slated for this summer, but a technical failure experienced during a recent test forced Boeing to revise the entire schedule until that problem is fixed. Initially Congress did not provide as much money as NASA requested because of skepticism that the program would succeed. A report last month from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted that NASA "does not have a contingency plan for ensuring uninterrupted USA access" to the ISS because both SpaceX and Boeing have fallen about 18 months behind their original schedules.

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.

See the full GAO report and NASA's Thursday statement.

"NASA is continuing to assess multiple scenarios to ensure continued USA access to the International Space Station", the space agency told Bloomberg.

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. His remarks were widely reported and Boeing spokeswoman Rebecca Regan confirmed the news via email to

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"A new era in American spaceflight": NASA is about to name at least eight astronauts that will fly the Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon for the first time.

More than 50 people are in NASA's astronaut corps, though 12 in the agency's 2017 astronaut class are still training.

NASA plans to announce its final decision on the crews - two astronauts for each of the four crewed test flights - on Friday morning. Its astronaut-specific amenities include four big windows; advanced avionics, computer systems and displays (including controls for interior temperature, which can be set between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or 18 to 27 degrees Celsius); and, of course, seats. The Boeing CST-100 will fly atop ULA's workhorse Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In particular, it is noted that the test was carried out emergency rescue crew.

Dreier said it's unlikely Congress would reverse itself one year later and cut the NASA science programs, especially as the Republican-controlled chamber is seeking to pass a budget with minimal partisan fighting over relatively small expenditures.

"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.