Boeing was working on the uncrewed space flight but repeatedly delayed the mission due to technical issues. In the meantime, Boeing’s Rival SpaceX did the successful test flight of the uncrewed capsule to the International Space Station and brought it back without any problems. Boeing was expected to test its spaceflight later next month, but the same has been delayed due to the technical issues that the company is facing and also NASA’s concerns over security. As Boeing is enrolled in NASA’s Commercial Space Program, NASA is keeping an eye over the participants. As NASA officials found security flaws in the test capsule from Boeing, they’ve asked the company to postpone the test flight.
NASA designed commercial space program to replace the dependency on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. SpaceX and Boeing are developing the space capsules, that can transport humans back and forth from the International Space Station and also for outer space missions. SpaceX has already won the race, but with this delay, Boeing has gone ten steps behind SpaceX. NASA is not willing to take any chances with the security of the capsule, so they’ve asked Boeing to fix the issues and delay the launch.
From starting, NASA always had at least two astronauts present on the International Space Station. That’s why the agency has booked additional spots with Russian Soyuz spacecraft mission to avoid potential absence on International Space Station. If the delays were avoided, the agency would not have to reserve other seats from Russian Space Agency missions. NASA officials said that the agency would provide an updated launch schedule next week, till the launch is delayed. According to the internal sources in Boeing, the company is willing to launch the space capsule in August 2019. This delay might prove catastrophic for Boeing, as it may affect the ongoing Research and Development projects.