NASA needs a way to bring astronauts to the International Space Station, which does not pay a lot of money for Russia. Therefore, she has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to build capsule capsules that meet these needs. Earlier this month, SpaceX successfully sent its Crew Dragon capsule to the Space Space Station, paving the way for crew tests to be completed within months. But what about Boeing?
A New Report by from Reuters suggests this Boeing finds it much harder to prepare his Starliner probe for the first major test. Boeing, who analysts suspect has outdone the crew of SpaceX Crew Dragon, has pushed back his alleged flight to the space station by several months, and the first crew flights will not take place until the end of the year, if that is the case in 201
The report, citing unnamed sources, claims Starliner's first unmanned test flight has been postponed for three months. After adjusting the timeline based on this new information, Boeing's first spacecraft occupation flight would be completed in November, assuming that everything runs perfectly from here.
Both Crew Dragon and Starliner were plagued by delays during the flight In recent years, NASA forced new deals with the Russian space agency Roscosmos to fly NASA crew members to the ISS and back. The clock is ticking and for the moment it's clear that SpaceX is much closer to filling crewing capabilities that NASA desperately needs than Boeing.
In the meantime, NASA is trying to prepare for a worst-case scenario that will not deliver one or both programs before the end of 2019. The agency is considering deciding to throw more money into Russia to ensure that its astronauts can reach the ISS by 2019 and 2020, but no final decisions have yet been made.