According to the report, “Boeing and SpaceX have continued to develop their crew transport systems, but both contractors have delayed the certification milestone at the beginning of 2019.”
According to a federal report released on Wednesday, plans to launch NASA astronauts from the United States on the International Space Station before 2011 are delayed due to incomplete security measures and accountability holes in the agency’s commercial crew program. SpaceX and Boeing Company are the two main contractors to send American astronauts into space using their main dragon and starliner spacecraft, respectively under commercial airliner program of National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
But in the report of the Government Accountability Office, it has been said that issues can delay the launch of a mission driven by a private company by a private company and as a result there can be a nine-month gap in which no American astronauts live in ISS is. According to the report, “Boeing and SpaceX have continued to develop their crew transport systems, but both contractors have delayed the certification milestone at the beginning of 2019.”
“Without the viable contingency option to ensure uninterrupted access to the ISS in the event of delay in further commercial crew, we concluded that NASA is not able to maximize its return on investment of its multi-billion dollar in the space station was. ” . Boeing said it was aiming for test flights this year. Boeing senior spokesman, Jerry Drelling told Reuters in an email, “Boing is working with NASA to ensure that the CST-100 Starliner is safe to fly as soon as possible.”
Space X is formally known as Space Exploration Technologies, and NASA could not be reached immediately for comment. In 2014, for the use of private sector for SpaceX and Boeing respectively, the ISS mission received $ 2.6 billion and $ 4.2 billion contract to build a crew transport system under NASA’s main campaign, the commercial party program.
In the report, NASA said that he was working closely with his commercial partners to solve the issues and was developing contingency plans in the case of further delay. According to NASA, before launching the SpaceX and Boeing Astronauts, they have to keep their crew system safe for human spacefight. GAO said that it is tracking potential safety risks on private companies’ crew capsules, including a Boeing Starliner abort System, which is to remove capsules from a dangerous rocket explosion, and upgraded to Falcon Rocket of SpaceX. Fuel Valve which is an expensive 2016 launch pad explosion
Since 2011, NASA has purchased seats on the first month of the Russian spacecraft to send American astronauts to the space station from Launch pad in Kazakhstan. Los 2011 was handled by NASA before 2011.