Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator and a 2019 Wash100 winner, said he thinks spacecraft from Boeing and SpaceX could be ready to fly astronauts as soon as the first quarter of 2020, CNBC reported Sunday.
Boeing plans to conduct the first unpiloted flight of its Starliner spacecraft this October, and SpaceX is working towards the end of an investigation on a ground test mishap with the Crew Dragon spacecraft, Spaceflight Nowreported Monday.
SpaceX conducted a static fire test for the Falcon 9 rocket's nine Merlin engines and is on track for the rocket's rescheduled launch on Wednesday as part of the company's cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, Spaceflight Nowsaid Friday.
United Launch Alliance offloaded the Atlas V rocket's booster core at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida forBoeing CST-100 Starliner space capsule's crewed flight test in August, Spaceflight Insiderreported Thursday.
Boeing has started preparations for the flight demonstration of its CST-100 Starliner crew capsule in April and for a pad abort test in the following month as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is now slated to launch on March 2 for its Demo-1 uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station following extended assessments, hardware testing, data verification and personnel training.