The bad news about Boeing has flowed in a steady stream day by day.
It was revealed that he did not do enough to train the pilots of a system failure in the airplane line that led to a catastrophe last year in Indonesia and then this month in Ethiopia, killing everyone on board a total of 346 people.
The NSA Administrator then said the agency is considering diverting the massive Boeing missile building because of how far the schedule lags behind. And now the agency is about to announce another long delay in a separate high-profile program: the Boeing Spacecraft is building astronauts at the International Space Station.
The last date for the first test of the Starliner capsule was to be in April, which had already been repeatedly pushed. Now this first flight – a test mission without any astronauts on board – will be postponed at least until August, according to two officials who are familiar with the situation.
This, in turn, will lead to the first flight to people not earlier than November, but some said the company could be forced to push flights by 2020 if they find more problems with the spacecraft. Reuters reported for the first time the new Starliner schedule.
Delays put additional pressure on Boeing to deliver in part because its main competitor, SpaceX, also contracted to fly NASA astronauts to the station, had its first test flight earlier this month. There was also pressure for astronauts to fly with spacecraft companies because NASA had been forced to pay Russia for space travel since NASA's space shuttles were retiring in 2011. SpaceX and Boeing also had delays, forcing NASA to consider the possibility to buy more seats from Russia at a cost of over 80 million dollars.
The Starliner version, which flies without people, will be as close as possible to the spacecraft that eventually will be on board, officials said. So Boeing hopes there will not be much work between the two fields that will allow him to fulfill his mission throughout the year. SpaceX's "Jack Capsule" has a number of problems to overcome between flights, officials said, so time between flights may be higher, NASA Administrator Jim Bridence said.
"I think there will be less time between the unfinished vehicle, Boeing and the crew for Boeing and a longer time between [flights for] SpaceX," he said recently for CNBC. "Which means that anyone who can fly with this first crew – we do not know right now but I will tell you that I am very confident that it will be before the end of 2019.
NASA is also expected to announce soon that when Boeing, Finally, three-man crew of the station in their first test flight people on board, the astronauts will stay for nearly seven months in what NASA calls a "long-term "Previously, the astronauts had to stay at the station for only about two weeks before the flight crew's flight test, but it faced many problems." Last year, during the emergency crash test, officials found a leak a fuel that forced it to process the valves in the system.
The Government Accountability Office also found a problem with the interruption system that could cause Boeing said he was about to fix the problem.
Part of the reason the company insists on the start date is that there is a sensitive national upcoming for June that will take up the launch site and related facilities for weeks, officials said, forcing Boeing to enter in August .
The news about Starliner's delay comes when Bridentalna says the agency is looking for a deviation from its space launch. The missile system, which Boeing helps to build the effort to accelerate the mission of sending a spacecraft in orbit around the moon.
SLS, as the missile is known, has also encountered repeated delays and government information hdog has recently targeted Boeing, the main contractor for the project, stating that he has already spent $ 5.3 billion and is expected to burn the rest of the funds until the beginning of this year, three years earlier than the schedule and without a single rocket.