SpaceX, Boeing face delays and technical challenges as they work to restore human spaceflight for NASA

NASA’s ambitious initiative to fly astronauts on commercial spacecraft continues to suffer from schedule delays, as well as questions regarding the program’s safety — and Congress isn’t happy about it. Members of the House Subcommittee on Space held a hearing today in which they grilled representatives from NASA and its commercial partners about the program, known as Commercial Crew. They voiced concerns that the commercial vehicles might put human crew members at risk, and that the companies will miss crucial deadlines by two to three years. As part of the program, two companies — Boeing and SpaceX — are developing spacecraft to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. When these two companies were selected by... Continue reading…

SpaceX, Boeing face delays and technical challenges as they work to restore human spaceflight for NASA

Further delays could mean NASA has no way to get its astronauts to the International Space Station, watchdog agencies said during a congressional hearing.

Wed 17 Jan 18 from The Washington Post

GAO Warns of Further Delays in Certifying Commercial Crew Vehicles for NASA

A government analysis of schedules concluded those vehicles may not be certified to carry NASA astronauts until late 2019 or 2020.

Wed 17 Jan 18 from SPACE.com

Delays to NASA’s commercial crew program may be worse than feared

"Both companies are making progress, but certainly not at the rate that was expected."

Wed 17 Jan 18 from Ars Technica

GAO expects delays in SpaceX and Boeing astronaut flight certification

It's no secret that NASA is pretty far behind schedule when it comes to returning to human spaceflight. Currently it's working with two contractors, Boeing and SpaceX, for ...

Wed 17 Jan 18 from Engadget

Safety Panel Raises Concerns about SpaceX Falcon 9 Pressure Vessel for Commercial Crew Missions

An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX's commercial crew system until the agency better understands the behavior of pressure vessels linked to a Falcon 9 failure in ...

Mon 15 Jan 18 from SPACE.com

Boeing, SpaceX have razor-thin margins to fly crew missions in 2018

NASA has a lot to consider before assigning crews to the first flights.

Fri 12 Jan 18 from Arstechnica

SpaceX Delays Commercial Crew Test Flights to Latter Half of 2018

SpaceX has delayed its two commercial crew test flights by four months, according to a new NASA schedule released Jan. 11.

Thu 11 Jan 18 from SPACE.com

Commercial Crew Test Launches by SpaceX, Boeing Will Begin This Year

NASA's commercial crew program will likely start test flights in 2018, some seven years after the last human spaceflight lifted off from American soil.

Wed 10 Jan 18 from SPACE.com

NASA is cautiously moving ahead with manned flights by SpaceX and Boeing

The last time astronauts were able to get a direct flight from the U.S. to the stars was in 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis flew its last mission. That could change soon with both Boeing and ...

Fri 12 Jan 18 from Fastcompany Tech

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