NASA could get a nice Christmas present at Cape Canaveral in a few months.
According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Crew Dragon could be almost ready to move Florida's first astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of the year.
"The SpaceX timeline I've just looked through shows Falcon & Dragon at the Cape and all tests were done in (about) 1
Musk continued and added that an unmanned launch to test Crew Dragon's boarding system should take place in late November or early December. An actual launch of a crew kite with astronauts on board is not yet scheduled, but Musk has announced that the vehicle could be ready to fly the human crew in early 2020.
The update was released in response to a post by Ars Technica's Eric Berger, who wrote :
"Source says that" complete panic "has occurred since NASA recognizes that the commercial crew may not be ready in the first half of 2020, and (former NASA Chief Exploration and Operations Bill) Gerstenmeier is no longer there to help companies or bargain with Russians on more Soyuz seats The focus on Artemis could put the ISS program in real danger. "
NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Musk and Berger's allegations.
NASA's commercial occupation program aims to return manned spacecraft to the US coast through contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to bring astronauts to the ISS via new spacecraft. However, the effort was dramatic as the testing and completion of both spacecraft lagged behind schedule and a.
Then, in September, NASA Administratorwas publicly boosted on Twitter during the preparation of the big SpaceX Starship presentation in Boca Chica, Texas. with a stab over the missile Space Launch System of NASA with a chronic delay.
NASA, Boeing and SpaceX had all initially hoped to reach the commercial launch of the crew in 2019. It now appears that 2020 is far more likely and NASA will strive to ensure that the new vehicles are ready for use next year. This is because NASA has signed a contract with the Russian space agency Roscosmos for the transport of astronauts between Earth and orbit. The last start is planned for March.