by Jeff Foust —
SEATTLE — NASA confirmed Jan. 10 that an uncrewed take a look at flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will now take location no sooner than February, due no longer less than in section to the continuing authorities shutdown.
In a verbalize, NASA mentioned it changed into once “concentrated on no sooner than February” for the mission, is named Demo-1 or DM-1. The agency had previously offered a Jan. 17 date for the mission, launching from the Kennedy Say Heart.
SpaceX had already indicated that the mission could possibly be delayed. “A pair of month away from the principle orbital take a look at flight of crew Dragon,” Elon Musk, founder and chief govt of the firm, tweeted Jan. 5. He later cautioned that the upcoming take a look at and other early flights of the plot will be “particularly unhealthy, as there’s a range of original hardware.”
NASA, in its verbalize, mentioned that the rescheduled starting up presents additional time “to entire hardware trying out and joint opinions” however did no longer interpret. Whereas no longer explicitly mentioned, the continuing partial authorities shutdown, which has furloughed about 95 percent of NASA’s civil servant personnel since Dec. 22, seemingly furthermore played a job because personnel wished for opinions and other mission serve are no longer working.
SpaceX rolled out the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft for DM-1 to Commence Advanced 39A on Jan. 3, fascinating the rocket to the vertical for trying available in the market. The firm hasn’t as much as this level the location of that trying out or mentioned if the automotive would had been in a position to serve a Jan. 17 starting up if the authorities changed into once working assuredly.
DM-1 is the principle of two commercial crew take a look at flights planned by SpaceX. On DM-1, the spacecraft, with out a astronauts on board, will take a look at out its systems in orbit and discuss over with the World Say Build sooner than returning to Earth. That will be adopted by DM-2, which could carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a mission to the ISS. DM-2 is scheduled for starting up in June per schedules most only in the near previous as much as this level in November, sooner than the most fresh delays in DM-1.
Boeing, the unreal firm increasing commercial crew vehicles, has an uncrewed take a look at flight of its CST-100 Starliner automotive scheduled for March on a United Commence Alliance Atlas 5. That will be adopted by a flight carrying NASA astronauts Eric Boe and Nicole Aunapu Mann, and Boeing take a look at pilot Chris Ferguson, in August 2019.