According to the government and Aerospace Industry Officials the plans by White House and NASA, of using the US capsules to orbit humans into space is likely to slip away.
The goal was to accelerate space exploration. Although, the technical challenges and the pending federal safety certifications are challenges to the privately developed spacecraft.
The agency leaders described it is an important approach of joining with the commercial partners to return the US astronauts to Moon and then, eventually send them to Mars by 2024.
Although considering the factors affected, the project will shift to past December 2019. This delay to 2020 has been announced this week, with the Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. revealing how long the company expects it will take to come back from an April Ground-Test accident.
The accident destroyed one of its Dragon Capsules. The Company’s head of flight reliability, Mr. Hans Koenigssmann said on Monday that a flight carrying people will still be possible in 2019, although it is getting increasingly difficult to visualize how it will occur. According to WSJ.
The Boeing Senior Managers are developing a rival capsule intended to ferry astronauts to orbit. They have spoken about launching their own demonstration flight of humans on board by the end of this year. Possibly in the last few weeks, according to WSJ.
But according to industry and government officials familiar with the concern, the project is also seemed to delay.
SpaceX and Boeing together have valued NASA contracts at $6.8 billion for capsule development and early operational missions.
These are years behind executing the required demonstration flights with people. Since 2017 people have asked NASA for nine separate delays in safety certification.
The step is not mandatory for test flights although it is required for them to routinely begin carrying astronauts.
NASA and the contractors have confirmed that the capsule will not fly until all the safety questions are to be resolved.