Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Boeing Starliner Test Flights Slip

Boeing Starliner Test Flights Slip

Following the crewed tests, each craft will undergo NASA's certification process.

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. "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". Crew for Boeing's Crew Flight Test and SpaceX's Demo-2 flights will each include at least a flight commander and pilot aboard to test out the systems.

Although NASA has not yet said which astronauts will be assigned to these historic first flights, four astronauts have already been working closely with Boeing and SpaceX in the testing and development of their capsules.

NASA estimates have predicted even greater delays than what the agency formally announced August 2.

SpaceX and Boeing have been working on their space taxi programs for almost four years, with the aim of transporting astronauts to and from the space station for NASA.

NASA plans to announce the astronauts who will make the first flights aboard the Dragon and CST-100 during a presentation Friday at the Johnson Space Center.

He was a NASA scientist for 33 years. Anyone now assigned to a space mission also won't be picked for the Boeing and SpaceX flights, NASA told Business Insider.

NASA's goal in collaborating with Boeing and SpaceX is to achieve safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from station on the companies' spacecraft.

To certify that the Crew Dragon and CST-100 Starliner are ready to become NASA's new go-to space taxis, SpaceX and Boeing are each planning three test missions.

However, both companies still have to prove that their vehicles can fly to the ISS and return safely to Earth. The uncrewed test flight will not take place before the end of 2018 or early 2019 and the crewed test flight in mid-2019.

According to their achievements, we're sure that among the first astronauts there will be Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley, and Sunita "Suni" Williams.

The other four astronauts that NASA has selected, however, aren't yet publicly known.

"During the startup of that test, all engines responded nominally", said John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Boeing's commercial crew programs, during a conference call. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will preside over the event, which will begin at 11 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency's website.

The NASA statement did not disclose reasons for either company's delays, and SpaceX did not respond to questions about its revised schedule.

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