Boeing postponed the first space flight on its CST-100 Starliner Crew Cap – a missed test mission to the International Space Station (ISS) – from next month to August at the earliest, according to Reuters.
The target date for Starliner's first ISS flight was also pushed back from August to November Reuters announced on Wednesday (March 20) citing unnamed industrial sources. One of these sources said that technical problems are not the only factor;
Boeing and NASA spokespersons declined to comment, but the NASA official said the updated schedule would be published next week, Reuters reported. Boeing has developed Starliner to transport astronauts to and from the ISS, under a $ 4.2 billion contract signed by NASA's space giant in 201
The Dragon crew already has a space flight under a belt: Earlier this month, SpaceX's capsule made a six-day demonstration mission of the ISS, known as Demo-1 . SpaceX plans to run a flight test on the Crew Dragon escape system soon; if everything goes well with this uninterrupted start, Crew Dragon can bring two astronauts from NASA to the ISS Demo-2 demonstration flight as early as July .
NASA has signed the sales team that deals with Boeing and SpaceX to bring the orbital space flight back to the US soil. The nation has been without this capability since July 2011, when NASA retired from its space shuttle after 30 years of work
NASA has since relied on Russian Soyuz missiles and spacecraft to transfer US astronauts to and from the ISS . A seat on board the three-man Soyuz ship currently costs about $ 80 million.  The book of Mike Wall for the search for extraterrestrial life,  outside "(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; Carl Tate ) is now out. michaeldwall Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook