The survey helped ensure crew members will have acceptable visibility as they prepare to launch aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft on the Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station. After that, the companies will become eligible for many years' and billions of dollars' worth of future NASA missions.
The news, announced on NASA's Commercial Crew program blog, doesn't come as a surprise.
Meanwhile, Boeing plans to proceed with the unmanned flight test of one of its Starliners, known as Spacecraft 3, ahead of the launch abort test.
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Commercial Crew Program astronauts, from the left, Suni Williams, Eric Boe, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley take in the view from the top of Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
Meanwhile, SpaceX seems to be carrying on as planned, since there has been no news as of this writing that the company might also push back the first manned mission of its Crew Dragon.
"I really have no visibility into SpaceX progress or the fidelity of the SpaceX schedule", he said.
Boeing continues to manufacture its Starliner spacecraft inside NASA Kennedy Space Center's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility in Florida.
"When we get to this point the companies will have tested every piece of the spacecraft individually, but there is so much more learning that occurs when the spacecraft is actually operated in space". Falcon 9's first and second stages for the Demo-1 mission are targeted to ship from SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California to the company's rocket testing facility in McGregor, Texas for additional testing in August.
[I] t is possible that neither contractor would be ready [to fly a US crew to the ISS] until August 2020, leaving a potential gap in access [to the ISS] of at least 9 months.
The last scheduled flight for a USA astronaut on the Russian Soyuz craft is November 2019. "After the uncrewed flight tests, both companies will execute a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions".
Boeing has already identified the problems, and "our team is off fixing those problems", Mulholland said. "We want to do some climate science, but we aren't going to do some of the insane stuff that the previous administration did", Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in May 2017 while discussing Trump's first budget proposal.