Commercial crew test flights delayed again

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NASA today released an updated schedule for the Dragon and Starliner test flights, indicating the first Dragon flight has been pushed to January 2019.

  • SpaceX Demo-1 uncrewed flight test: January 2019 (delayed from November 2018)
  • Boeing uncrewed Orbital Flight Test: March 2019 (delayed from late 2018/early 2019)
  • SpaceX Demo-2 crewed flight test: June 2019 (delayed from April 2019)
  • Boeing Crew Flight Test: August 2019 (nominally still in mid-2019 as earlier stated)

It appears from the article that SpaceX was prepared to fly its first flight in December, meaning only a one month delay, but scheduling conflicts at ISS forced them to push it to January.

With the Boeing flights, the scheduling has less to do with delays and more do to do with setting more precise launch dates.



  • Kirk

    Here is the official NASA release: Launch Dates to be Updated More Regularly as Commercial Crew Flights Draw Nearer (NASA, Oct. 4, 2018)

    In addition to the SpaceX: January & June, Boeing: March & August dates, it says they are tentatively planning for the first two long-duration Expedition crew missions to be in August & December of 2019, “with the specific spacecraft yet to be determined.”

    One thing that did hold for SpaceX is the five month span between DM-1 & DM-2. During this time they need to refurbish their DM-1 capsule and successfully refly it on an in-flight abort test, before proceeding to DM-2 (with a new capsule).

  • geoffc

    Does the stack of paperwork exceed the height of the booster yet?

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