For US Crewed Spacecraft Programme, Boeing Delays Months For Test Flights

For US Crewed Spacecraft Programme, Boeing Delays Months For Test Flights

Boeing Company has held its journey of first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under the authorization of human spaceflight program of NASA and delayed its crewed flight till November as per the information of the industry sources.

As per the report, in the last month, NASA has alerted Boeing and the opposing contractor of design SpaceX about the safety concerns which the aircraft manufacturing firms required to address before flying humans to space.

The first test flight of Boeing was crucially criticized for April and has been delayed to August, according to two people with familiar knowledge of the matter. The new schedule stated that crewed mission of Boeing, primarily scheduled for August,  will be delayed by November.

Boeing representative refused to comment. Though a NASA representative refused to comment but told that updates of launching schedule would be published in the next week.

NASA is financing SpaceX and Boeing almost $6.8 billion for building rocket and capsule launching system for returning astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil firstly since America’s Space Shuttle program went dark in 2011.

Earlier this month an uncrewed capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX spent a six-day-long trip mission in the International Space Station. Its crewed flight is scheduled for July.

The United States has depended on Russia for rides to the space station. The clock is tapping because there is no availability of seats on the Russian spacecraft for US crew after 2019 given production schedules and other factors.

NASA told it was pondering funding for two more seats to the space station for autumn of 2019 and spring of 2020 to ensure access of US.

The initial April launch was ahead of a United Launch Alliance mission for the Department of Defence in June  from the Cape Canaveral launch pad in Florida , so Boeing would have required to clear the launch pad by the first week in May, described by one of the sources, stating the pressure on the technical issues but also launch schedules at Cape Canaveral. Separately, Boeing’s commercial aircraft division is under scrutiny in the wake of two 737 MAX passenger jet crashes in five months.

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