Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

People say we're running out of energy. That's only true if we stick with these old 19th century technologies. We are awash in energy from sunlight.

 

Ray Kurzweil

 

SpaceX won't launch astronauts until 2018

RATE THIS! +21
Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2016 07:54 AM by AlexMuller

It's official: SpaceX is not going to meet its 2017 deadline to carry its first astronauts into space. The first crewed flight of the Dragon capsule has been pushed back from August 2017 to May 2018. Since NASA retired the space shuttle in 2011, American astronauts have been bumming rides from Russia to get to the International Space Station.

 

Boeing and SpaceX are vying to bring those launches back to American soil, hopefully cutting costs in the process, and all while becoming the first private companies to launch astronauts into space.

 

Unfortunately, it appears NASA's goal of launching those history-making missions may have been a bit too ambitious. Both companies had aimed to finish their uncrewed and crewed test flights before the end of 2017, but both companies have slipped the deadline. Boeing announced earlier this year that it wouldn't be sending astronauts into orbit until 2018, due to some technical difficulties.
 
SpaceX, too, has had its fair share of difficulties, including the explosive kind. After its Falcon 9 rocket burst into flames on the launch pad in September, SpaceX has been grounded. The company is currently aiming to resume launching in January.
 
Adding to the difficulties, NASA's International Space Station Advisory Committee is questioning SpaceX's plan to fill up its rocket's propellant tanks with astronauts onboard. NASA may ask the company to refine its boarding procedures and/or add new safety measures, which could take some time for SpaceX to implement.
 
But SpaceX may yet beat Boeing to carrying the first crews to the ISS. Currently, the first flight of Boeing's uncrewed Starliner capsule is slated for June 2018, with a crewed test flight in August 2018. The Dragon's first uncrewed flight is targeted for November 2017, with its first crewed flight to follow in May 2018.

Tags: spaceSpaceXbusinessNASAISS

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
I guess finding useful, reliable inatfmroion on the internet isn't hopeless after all. Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-09-23 08:31:24
    Fly me to the Moon: For some, lunar village takes shape..read more
    Posted in Software on 2017-09-23 08:22:48
    One year later, Microsoft AI and Research grows to 8k.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-09-23 08:14:46
    Big Antarctic iceberg edges out to sea..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-09-22 18:42:50
    To Achieve 100% Renewable Energy, We Need Way Better.....read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-09-22 18:31:20
    How the poliovirus can be used to battle lethal cancers..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New terahertz imaging approach could speed up skin cancer.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Rebutting the claim that antidepressants do not work..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me