Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

Engine flaw delays Boeing test of crew capsule to 2019

"After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions", NASA communications specialist Stephanie Martin wrote in a blog post.

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An engine flaw discovered during a launchpad test of Boeing's Starliner spaceship, created to carry humans to the International Space Station, has delayed its first crew test flight until next year.

SpaceXNASA astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams tests mock-ups of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship and spacesuit. SpaceX's is the Crew Dragon launched on SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

NASA's schedule for Starliner flights confirmed what a Boeing executive said a day earlier: The first uncrewed mission to the station (Boeing Orbital Flight Test) would take place in late 2018 or early 2019, and the first crewed mission (Boeing Crew Flight Test) would follow five to six months later.

NASA TV is broadcasting video of the announcement live from Texas.

NASA plans to announce the astronauts who will make the first flights aboard the Dragon and CST-100 during a presentation Friday at the Johnson Space Center.

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The announcement is a big deal because the last American crew-carrying spacecraft - NASA's fleet of four space shuttle orbiters - retired in July 2011.

Boeing pushed back the flight schedule of its Starliner capsule to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, the aerospace giant told reporters in a conference call Wednesday. Anyone now assigned to a space mission also won't be picked for the Boeing and SpaceX flights, NASA told Business Insider.

Although NASA has not yet said which astronauts will be assigned to these historic first flights, four astronauts have already been working closely with Boeing and SpaceX in the testing and development of their capsules. It will use an Atlas V rocket, but before sending a manned crew, it must first conduct an uncrewed and a crewed flight test and see if the capsule is safe to use on multiple trips to the station.

However, both companies still have to prove that their vehicles can fly to the ISS and return safely to Earth.

An artist's impression of Boeing's CST-100 "Starliner" spacecraft in low-Earth orbit, on the way to the International Space Station.

Four of the eight astronauts will nearly certainly be Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley, and Sunita "Suni" Williams. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will preside over the event, which will begin at 11 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency's website. Initially Congress did not provide as much money as NASA requested because of skepticism that the program would succeed.

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