While NASA and Boeing once said they would launch the uncrewed Starliner in August 2018, the skeptics always had doubts that the two would meet that goal. Initial delays were no surprise. Now, NASA says the new August 2019 date is due to limited launch opportunities this spring and early summer. In a press release, NASA said the Starliner spacecraft is near to ready for its uncrewed flight, but delay will give teams additional time for test and validation activities without unnecessary schedule pressure.
August is a working date, and there is no guarantee this will be the last delay. Starliner's first crewed flight test is now targeting late 201