SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner are being developed to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. (SpaceX / Boeing Illustrations)
NASA says we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see the first orbital tests of the space taxis that are being built by SpaceX and Boeing for trips to the International Space Station.
The schedule shift was laid out Thursday in an online update.
SpaceX had scheduled the first uncrewed flight of its Dragon V2 spaceship for as early as next month. The revised schedule calls for that test flight, known as Demo-1, to launch next January. The Demo-2 crewed flight would follow in June 2019, with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley visiting the space station.
Boeing’s uncrewed flight test for its CST-100 Starliner capsule had been set for late this year or early next year. Now it’s due to launch no earlier than next March.
That test flight would be followed by a crewed flight test next August. So far, three crew members have been chosen for that mission to the space station: NASA astronauts Eric Boe and Nicole Aunapu Mann — plus Boeing test pilot Chris Ferguson, who served as ...