Close
Date TimeAugust 02, 2018
VoiceAs expected, the first major test flights for Boeing and SpaceX’s new passenger spacecraft have been delayed again. Following an engine test mishap, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner will likely perform two crucial test flights next year, instead of this year as planned. Meanwhile, SpaceX still aims to fly its Crew Dragon for the first time later this year without people on board, followed by its first crewed flight in April 2019.
Boeing and SpaceX delay first crucial test flights of new passenger spacecraft again
Boeing and SpaceX are both developing spacecraft as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program, an initiative to send humans to the ISS on private US spacecraft. Boeing is developing the CST-100 Starliner, which is meant to carry seven passengers and travel to space on top of an Atlas V rocket manufactured by the United Launch Alliance. SpaceX is updating its Dragon cargo capsule to carry seven crew, and it will fly on top of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. Before the vehicles are considered operational, NASA wants them to conduct both uncrewed and crewed flight tests of the capsules to see if they’re ready for regular trips to the station.
According to the most recent timeline, the Starliner was scheduled to take flight for the first time without a crew in August, followed by a crewed launch in November. Boeing now expects the vehicle to do its uncrewed test flight either later this year or in early 2019, according to a press call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. Then, the first crewed test will occur in mid-2019. Additionally, Boeing was going to do another type of test at the end of this summer to try out the Starliner’s pad abort system, a setup that is meant to keep future passengers safe in case something goes wrong on the launchpad. Embedded underneath the spacecraft are four engines that can ignite and propel the Starliner far away from a malfunctioning rocket. Testing out this system won’t happen until spring 2019 now, after the uncrewed test flight.
Much of the delay seems to stem from a recent engine failure that occurred during a test in June. Boeing was conducting a test fire of the Starliner’s launch abort engines. Boeing says the engines ignited just fine. Yet during shutdown, several of the engine valves failed to close, leading to a propellant leak. There was no damage to the hardware being tested, and no one was injured. Boeing says that it is conducting an investigation into what happened and is making changes.
“We have a dedicated team of both ourselves and the contractor working diligently on those corrective actions,” John Mulholland, the vice president and program manager for Starliner, said during the press call today. He said that Boeing will employ both design and operational changes to make sure those valves fully close.
Meanwhile, SpaceX is also flying later than planned. Since January, SpaceX has been scheduled to do the first uncrewed test flight of its Crew Dragon in August, followed by a crewed flight in December. Now, the uncrewed test flight is slated for November 2018, and SpaceX is targeting the crewed flight for April. If these schedules hold, SpaceX seems to have a slight edge of sending people to the International Space Station before Boeing.
When asked how Boeing’s schedule might compare to SpaceX’s, Mulholland said the company is really only focused on its own timeline. “I really have no visibility into SpaceX progress or the fidelity of the SpaceX schedule,” Mulholland said. “Our entire focus is... to make sure we do everything we can to ensure a safe vehicle and meeting the schedule parameters that I’ve laid out.”
Boeing and SpaceX delay first crucial test flights of new passenger spacecraft again
Delays were expected for the Commercial Crew program even before Boeing’s mishap occurred. Multiple reports from the Government Accountability Office predicted that the milestone flights for the program would fall behind. The GAO anticipates that SpaceX’s vehicle won’t be certified until December 2019 and Boeing’s vehicle won’t until February 2020. It’s unclear if Boeing’s failure will change the GAO’s assessment of the Commercial Crew timeline. But Boeing claims that its test program is 80 percent complete at this point.
In the midst of these updates, NASA also plans to announce the crew assignments for the first Commercial Crew flights this Friday, August 3rd. Now we know that those crews definitely won’t be flying this year.

Related Stories
SpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsule test dates slip yet againSpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsule test dates slip yet again
This Awesome Shot of Earth Was Taken From 70M Miles AwayThis Awesome Shot of Earth Was Taken From 70M Miles Away
NASA delivers clearest view yet of space snowman Ultima ThuleNASA delivers clearest view yet of space snowman Ultima Thule
US, China to Share, Publicly Release Data From Dark Side of the Moon - NASAUS, China to Share, Publicly Release Data From Dark Side of the Moon - NASA
Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya jailed in speeding caseFormer Labour MP Fiona Onasanya jailed in speeding case
SpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projectsSpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projects
NASA lost contact with two mini Mars spacecraft and they dont know exactly whyNASA lost contact with two mini Mars spacecraft and they don't know exactly why
NASA astronaut Mark Kelly launches Senate campaignNASA astronaut Mark Kelly launches Senate campaign
NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover may have died in dust storm, scientists fearNASA’s Mars Opportunity rover may have 'died' in dust storm, scientists fear
Earth’s Oldest Known Rock Found on Moon - Scientists Explain How It Got ThereEarth’s Oldest Known Rock Found on Moon - Scientists Explain How It Got There
News Trends
Miley Cyrus Poses Topless and Parodies Shawn Mendes Calvin Klein CampaignMiley Cyrus Poses Topless and Parodies Shawn Mendes' Calvin Klein Campaign
Instagram wants you to look like a good person, but Facebook just wants your credit cardInstagram wants you to look like a good person, but Facebook just wants your credit card
Kylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die FollowingKylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die Following
Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel fashion designer, dies aged 85Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel fashion designer, dies aged 85
Bernie Sanders 2020: where the presidential candidate stands on key issues – video profileBernie Sanders 2020: where the presidential candidate stands on key issues – video profile
The Real Reason Prince William and Kate Middletons Breakup Made Them StrongerThe Real Reason Prince William and Kate Middleton's Breakup Made Them Stronger
Lara Logan Trending on Twitter After Recommending Reading Breitbart to Get The Other Side'Lara Logan' Trending on Twitter After Recommending Reading Breitbart to Get 'The Other Side'
Nigel Farage slams APPALLING Angela Smith race apology - Looks like a HOSTAGE VIDEO!Nigel Farage slams 'APPALLING' Angela Smith race apology - 'Looks like a HOSTAGE VIDEO!'
Malia Obama, 20, spotted sipping on a $20 bottle of Whispering Angel Rose with friends in MiamiMalia Obama, 20, spotted sipping on a $20 bottle of Whispering Angel Rose with friends in Miami
Maajid Nawaz, LBC presenter, hurt in racially motivated attackMaajid Nawaz, LBC presenter, hurt in 'racially motivated' attack
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Theresa-MayTheresa May
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Related Stories
SpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsule test dates slip yet againSpaceX and Boeing commercial crew capsule test dates slip yet again
This Awesome Shot of Earth Was Taken From 70M Miles AwayThis Awesome Shot of Earth Was Taken From 70M Miles Away
NASA delivers clearest view yet of space snowman Ultima ThuleNASA delivers clearest view yet of space snowman Ultima Thule
US, China to Share, Publicly Release Data From Dark Side of the Moon - NASAUS, China to Share, Publicly Release Data From Dark Side of the Moon - NASA
Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya jailed in speeding caseFormer Labour MP Fiona Onasanya jailed in speeding case
SpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projectsSpaceX will lay off 10 percent of its staff to fund projects
NASA lost contact with two mini Mars spacecraft and they dont know exactly whyNASA lost contact with two mini Mars spacecraft and they don't know exactly why
NASA astronaut Mark Kelly launches Senate campaignNASA astronaut Mark Kelly launches Senate campaign
NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover may have died in dust storm, scientists fearNASA’s Mars Opportunity rover may have 'died' in dust storm, scientists fear
Earth’s Oldest Known Rock Found on Moon - Scientists Explain How It Got ThereEarth’s Oldest Known Rock Found on Moon - Scientists Explain How It Got There
News Trends
Miley Cyrus Poses Topless and Parodies Shawn Mendes Calvin Klein CampaignMiley Cyrus Poses Topless and Parodies Shawn Mendes' Calvin Klein Campaign
Instagram wants you to look like a good person, but Facebook just wants your credit cardInstagram wants you to look like a good person, but Facebook just wants your credit card
Kylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die FollowingKylie Jenner: Get Rich or Die Following
Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel fashion designer, dies aged 85Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel fashion designer, dies aged 85
Bernie Sanders 2020: where the presidential candidate stands on key issues – video profileBernie Sanders 2020: where the presidential candidate stands on key issues – video profile
The Real Reason Prince William and Kate Middletons Breakup Made Them StrongerThe Real Reason Prince William and Kate Middleton's Breakup Made Them Stronger
Lara Logan Trending on Twitter After Recommending Reading Breitbart to Get The Other Side'Lara Logan' Trending on Twitter After Recommending Reading Breitbart to Get 'The Other Side'
Nigel Farage slams APPALLING Angela Smith race apology - Looks like a HOSTAGE VIDEO!Nigel Farage slams 'APPALLING' Angela Smith race apology - 'Looks like a HOSTAGE VIDEO!'
Malia Obama, 20, spotted sipping on a $20 bottle of Whispering Angel Rose with friends in MiamiMalia Obama, 20, spotted sipping on a $20 bottle of Whispering Angel Rose with friends in Miami
Maajid Nawaz, LBC presenter, hurt in racially motivated attackMaajid Nawaz, LBC presenter, hurt in 'racially motivated' attack
Leaders
Donald-TrumpDonald Trump
45th President of the United States of America
Mike-PenceMike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Theresa-MayTheresa May
British Prime Minister
Angela-MerkelAngela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Emmanuel-MacronEmmanuel Macron
President of France
Justin-TrudeauJustin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Nancy-PelosiNancy Pelosi
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Barack-ObamaBarack Obama
44th U.S. President
Vladimir-PutinVladimir Putin
Russian President
Shinzo-AbeShinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Colbert Mocks Paul Manafort’s Wardrobe: Looks Like ‘A Blind Pimp Got 100 Wishes’
Black pastors see Trump bringing 'new hope' -- but still need to convince their flocks
395 people sickened in McDonald's salad outbreak
Suspected Russian spy caught working inside US embassy in Moscow
Urban Meyer placed on leave as Ohio State investigates what he knew about alleged abuse
Virat Kohli’s brilliant century frustrates England in India fightback
Trump received letter from North Korea's Kim on August 1: White House
Ivanka Trump: Migrant separations a ‘low point’ and journalists are not ‘enemy of the people’
May prepares for talks with Macron that could make or break Brexit plan
Stonehenge mystery SOLVED: Who built Stonehenge? Latest study on stone formation REVEALED
Naomi Campbell, 48, stuns in two bikini photos, shuts down pregnancy rumors
Iran deploys 50 small boats to Strait of Hormuz for large-scale 'swarming' exercise
Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride amid surrogacy uproar
Elon Musk Shares Image of Reusable Falcon 9 Blazing a Trail in the Night
Kim Kardashian Disses Kourtney As 'Least Exciting To Look At' In Brutal Fight
Papa John's founder says he has 'no confidence' in current management team, including CEO Steve Ritchie
Apple is now worth $1,000,000,000,000
There's a very simple reason Trump wants to sit down with Mueller
NASA says we can't terraform Mars. Elon Musk disagrees.
Giant hands lift new Vietnam bridge toward heavens
Bank of England poised to raise interest rates
Mount Olympus: Google doodle celebrates Greece's Mount Olympus and its heroic climbers
BREXIT LIVE: Remainers turn AGAINST EU and warn 'don't offer May Brexit FUDGE'
Life Needs Sunlight — and That Could Change Where We Look for Aliens
Reddit hacked, despite SMS two-factor authentication
Tesla Doubles Loss, but Burns Less Cash Than Expected
Colbert Finds A Way He Could Actually Vote For Trump
Madonna Reveals She Fled To Portugal To Escape Trump
US threatens raising tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese goods
Ex-wife of Ohio State assistant fired for abuse says Urban Meyer knew of case
Protests in Denmark as 'burqa ban' comes into effect
Manafort put himself 'above the law' to fund his expensive tastes, court hears
LONDON BLOODBATH: One man dead and two injured after triple stabbing in Camberwell
3 Russian journalists killed while filming documentary on private Russian security group in Africa
Bermuda Triangle mystery 'solved,' scientists claim
If We Ever Want to Walk on Mars, We'd Better Get Serious About Planetary Protection
Mother of missing Iowa college student recounts last text she sent to daughter
Former President Obama Endorses 81 Candidates For Midterms
Tiffany Haddish Says She Was Raped By A Police Cadet When She Was 17
‘Friends’ Cast Had An Adorable Backstage Ritual When Lisa Kudrow Was Pregnant
US sanctions 2 Turkish officials over detention of US pastor
What to Know About Gerda Taro, the War Photographer Celebrated By Today’s Google Doodle
Tommy Robinson freed on bail as court orders retrial
Trump pushes Jeff Sessions to end Mueller's Russia investigation 'right now'
Meghan Markle so ‘DEEPLY HURT’ by father Thomas Markle the Queen might get involved
NBA trade news: Lakers told Kawhi Leonard move failed because of LeBron James
Mexico plane crash: 103 people onboard but all survived, say officials
‘Not good, not nice’: At Florida rally, Trump says China has ‘targeted our farmers’
John Kelly says he will remain Donald Trump's chief of staff until 2020
Facebook removes accounts amid fears of Russian meddling in US midterms
Kevin Hart bans phones during Florida comedy performance
Mars Is At Its Closest to Earth Since 2003 Today! It Won't Be Closer Until 2287
Watch Obama and Biden surprise bakery staff
Kim Kardashian: 'I have nothing bad to say about the president'
France bans smartphones from schools
Guardians of the Galaxy cast signs open letter in support of James Gunn
Trump says he would meet with Iran without preconditions
Lady Amelia Windsor: Royal's 'most beautiful member' takes a dip on Ibiza beach
Glasgow fire: Huge blaze erupts at school - firefighters race to scene in Crookston Road
MH370 report says someone deliberately 'manipulated’ plane’s controls
Can We Terraform Mars to Make It Earth-Like? Not Anytime Soon, Study Suggests
IBM's blockchain app store wants to help banks cut costs
Video shows moment harasser slaps woman on streets of Paris
Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker should have been a DRAW
'A fire tornado': death toll in massive California blaze rises to five
There May be Water on Mars but Don't Pack Your Bags Just Yet
Trump Again Threatens to Shut Down Government
Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas wins to make sporting history
Russia's navy parade: Big show without substance?
CEO of broadcast giant CBS Les Moonves investigated for sexual misconduct 
Carrie Fisher will be in Star Wars: Episode IX
Vogue's Rihanna cover photographer accused of cultural appropriation
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over sex abuse allegations
Professor Hanington's Speaking of Science: Water on Mars
Is time running out for Julian Assange?
Reports: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are engaged after two months of dating
Macron RAMPS up pressure on Juncker to reveal MORE about Trump trade deal
Avenatti: Hush money paid before election to 3 more women who claim affairs with Trump
Trevor Noah Fawns Over ‘Great Leader’ Trump In Brutal Takedown
Putin is 'ready' to go to Washington, invites Trump to Moscow
North Korea hands over the possible remains of American war dead
Facebook's wipeout is the biggest in stock market history
CNN reporter banned: Fox joins outcry after exclusion from White House event
WATCH: Colorado residents SHOCKED as destructive flooding crashes through home
Free from Facebook: Study reveals what types of people are fleeing the social network
Khan warmed up to be Pakistan PM by being cricket captain
Mike Pence Says U.S. Will Sanction Turkey Unless American Pastor Freed
Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers reunite to take on James Comey
Explosive detonated outside US embassy in Beijing
Fortnite Birthday Challenges not showing: Epic Games confirm release time for PS4 and Xbox
Demi Lovato 'awake' in hospital after reported drug overdose
Serena Williams hits out at frequency of her anti-doping tests
Trump's 'pay with cash' offer on Cohen tape could spell fresh peril for president
Emmanuel Macron says he takes the blame over Benalla scandal
Maria Butina's lawyer rejects claim she tried to trade sex for a job
Pompeo says US won't recognize Russia's Crimea annexation
Evidence detected of lake beneath the surface of Mars
Israel shoots down Syrian fighter jet that it says entered airspace
Ivanka Trump's fashion company is shutting down
'A Terrible Day': Greek Wildfires Kill At Least 74 People, Devastate Resort Village
Tour de France riders accidentally tear-gassed
Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano dies at 56
Macron under pressure to say why aide's brutality went unreported
Taylor Swift Sends Sweet Birthday Cake Wish To Selena Gomez
DONALD TRUMP'S ALL-CAPS IRAN TWEET IS A BIG DEAL
Elon Musk tweets and Tesla's stock tumbles
Mesut Ozil quits German national soccer team, citing 'racism and disrespect'
SpaceX delivers for Telesat with successful early morning launch
Katharine McPhee Shows Off Massive Engagement Ring In Emotional Post
Trump tweets explosive threat to Iran
At least 14 people shot in Toronto and shooter is dead, police say
Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $433M jackpot
Russia tells US to release alleged spy Maria Butina after 'fabricated charges'
The Latest: Woods shoots 66, in contention at British Open
Starting this weekend, SpaceX is about to land a whole lot more rockets
Stephen Colbert Suggests Menu Choices For Putin White House Visit
'Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn Apologize for Old Jokes
Fifty firefighters tackle Edmonton Tower block blaze in North London 
Macron security officer in custody and will be fired over violent video
White House invites Putin to Washington for fall meeting
Man with knife attacks bus passengers in Germany, 10 hurt
Launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe rescheduled for Aug. 6
Russia Says Putin And Trump Discussed Referendum In Ukraine
Missouri duck boat accident among deadliest in nearly 20 years
Trump's ex lawyer taped them discussing payment to ex-Playboy model
Israel launches 'wide-scale attack' against Hamas targets in Gaza
The Latest: Putin says US-Russia summit was successful
Trevor Noah mocks French critic who slammed his joke that Africa won World Cup, not France
Denis Ten, Olympic Skating Medalist, Stabbed to Death in Kazakhstan
Brad Pitt And Leonardo DiCaprio Could Have Been In ‘Brokeback Mountain’
Trump and Putin morph into same person on Time magazine cover
Angela Merkel 'cancels summer walking holiday' for first time in a decade
Trump says Russia no longer targeting US, contradicting intelligence chief
Boris Johnson attacks May's 'miserable' Brexit plan in resignation speech
Katy Perry suffered from 'situational depression' after negative response to 'Witness' album
NASA Takes Over Fenway Park for Space-Mission Show
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't ban Holocaust deniers because it wants to give people 'a voice'
David Spade Gets Emotional Remembering Sister-In-Law Kate Spade
Europe hits Google with record fine
Vladimir Putin refuses to touch list of new election meddling indictments as he dismisses 'utterly ridiculous' Russia investigation
Obama to deliver Mandela address in likely rebuke to Trump
Innovating for Mars, and maybe Earth, too
Google Doodle honors physicist Georges Lemaitre's 124th birthday
Amazon Prime Day's Best Xbox One Gaming Deals (US)
Police: Drowning of NHL goalie Ray Emery not suspicious
How Croatia's president won hearts across the globe in World Cup final defeat to France
Putin says he wanted Trump to win in 2016, didn't interfere
Trump throws Putin's soccer ball gift to Melania
Elon Musk calls British diver in Thai cave rescue a 'pedo' in baseless attack
Trump arrives to meet Putin, leaving the UK reeling in his wake
French President Macron has plenty of fun at World Cup final
France beat Croatia to win its second World Cup title.
Donald Trump going into Helsinki Putin meeting 'with low expectations'
Archeologists in Egypt find mummification workshop
Protesters in southern Iraq demand better services, jobs
Best streaming service: Netflix vs. Vudu vs. Amazon Prime vs. Hulu
Obama is in Kenya for his sister's project. Then he's off to South Africa
Serena sends message to moms after Wimbledon loss
May: Trump advised me to sue the EU
Mature Serena Williams sees positives in Wimbledon loss
Trump supporters turn out in London a day after protests
No, NASA did not find 'proof of life' on Mars then accidentally destroy it
Emmys: HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Aims to Claim Creative Arts Crown
Belgium records best finish with victory over England
Donald Trump: I didn't criticise PM over Brexit. That is fake news
Stockport shooting: One in hospital, gunman on the run
Tens of thousands of protesters greet Trump in U.K. — along with giant baby balloon
Microsoft says it doesn’t work on ICE facial recognition and calls for regulation
Queen Elizabeth Meets With Trump And Melania
Justin Bieber and Katy Perry among Twitter users hit hardest by follower purge
12 Russians indicted in Mueller investigation
Investigation reopened in brutal slaying of Emmett Till
Antonio Conte sacked by Chelsea with Maurizio Sarri set to replace him
Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overall
NASA May Have Accidentally Destroyed Evidence of Organics on Mars 40 Years Ago
What is Apple's True Tone technology on the 2018 MacBook Pro, and why does it matter?
Trump releases letter from Kim Jong Un, touts "great progress"
Ariana Grande on why she refuses to 'shut up and sing' and not talk politics
Stormy Daniels arrested at strip club
Trump claims he's popular in the UK over his immigration stance
Cardi B welcomes baby daughter Kulture
Sarah Palin says she was ‘duped’ into doing interview on Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show
Merkel pushes back against Trump’s claim that Germany is ‘totally controlled’ by Russia
Putin and Netanyahu meet for Syria-focused talks in Moscow
Kylie Jenner Covers Forbes As The Next Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever
Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Ireland on first international trip
Emmanuel Macron cheers on France at World Cup semi-final against Belgium
All 12 boys, coach rescued from Thai cave, ending gruelling 18-day ordeal
France beat Belgium's 'golden generation' to reach World Cup final
Real Madrid agrees Ronaldo transfer deal
Thailand cave rescue: EIGHTH BOY carried out on stretcher as operation HALTED - 4 inside
Barcelona tourist bus STORMED by protesters as they launch summer of CHAOS
Prince Louis christening: George and Charlotte seen with brother for first time
Boris Johnson's letter of resignation: 'The Brexit dream is dying'
Robin Wright breaks silence on Kevin Spacey
Jordan Pickford: 'I wasn't born' for England's last World Cup semifinal
'DO YOUR JOB' Sadiq Khan ‘should be ashamed over Trump balloon insult’ warns Giuliani
4 are out; 9 to go: Captivated world watches Thailand cave rescue
Justin Bieber reportedly engaged to Hailey Baldwin
Turkey train derailment kills at least 10, injures 73
Close