1st Crewed Flights of Private Space Taxis Slip to 2019

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NASA wants to stop relying on Russian Federation to get American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

Earlier this year, NASA said the two companies would conduct unmanned tests flight in August. Boeing's comparable CST-100 Starliner, meanwhile, will be ready for an uncrewed test in late 2018/early 2019 and a crewed test in mid-2019, according to NASA.

They're both the result of NASA's Commercial Crew Program: a almost 10-year-long, $8-billion effort to maintain access to orbit for U.S. astronauts.

In its report, the GAO said NASA's projected "average" certification date for Boeing was December 2019, and January 2020 for SpaceX, with the potential for both companies to slip well into 2020. Under the Barack Obama administration, NASA's Earth Science program saw its biggest growth spurt, and this was because of climate change and the anthropogenic causes of climate change, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The space agency, in 2014, had joined forces with SpaceX and Boeing to build the Crew Dragon lifting-off atop the Falcon 9 rocket and the Starliner spacecraft to lift-off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, respectively. Like many spaceflight programs, development has been slow-going, with milestones regularly delayed.

Mulholland said the company partnered with NASA for an investigation into the failure.

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Among the options being considered by NASA is to use the crewed flight test as a crew rotation flight by adding a third astronaut to the mission and extending its stay from two weeks to as long as six months.

The news confirmed what a recent report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office had predicted - that the program's timeline was unrealistically optimistic. Only 3 percent said NASA's top focus should be sending astronauts to the moon, while a mere 8 percent said a human trip to Mars or other planets should be the agency's main goal.

US media are invited to attend the event at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and, afterward, speak with the astronauts about their assignments.

Friday's announcement will clarify who will fly on which spacecraft for the first human test flight and the first mission to the ISS. The spacecraft that will fly the uncrewed flight test arrived in Florida last month after completing thermal vacuum and acoustics tests at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio. For Crew Dragon, both will be NASA astronauts. Boeing and SpaceX volunteered to perform these tests to demonstrate their systems are safe for crew.

John Mulholland, a Boeing vice president who's program manager for the CST-100 Starliner program, laid out the revised schedule today during a teleconference with journalists.

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