SpaceX Delays NASA's First Manned Mission To 2018 From 2017

Posted: Dec 13 2016, 3:16am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

SpaceX Delays NASA's First Manned Mission to 2018 From 2017
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  • SpaceX procrastinates Manned Mission of its Dragon Capsule
 

SpaceX has procrastinated the manned mission of its Dragon capsule for NASA.

After the September 1st explosion that shook SpaceX to its foundations, this is the first time that the launch of the Crew Dragon capsule has been put off.

Astronauts were to be taken to and fro between the ISS and earth. It was supposed to take place in 2017. Yet now the rescheduling has put off the date to 2018. Rather a demo flight will take place in 2017 which will not have any astronauts in it. 

There had already been rumors aplenty regarding the delay of this mission. The reason was obviously the September 1st fiasco. Also the investigation into the mishap is just reaching its final conclusions.

The Commercial Crew team of SpaceX is closely collaborating with NASA to complete the goals and objectives which have been set for the future. An assessment of the designs, systems and procedures is taking place so as to ensure such an accident doesn’t happen again.

History shouldn’t repeat itself here. That is the watchword. Valuable lessons in precaution and security not to mention safety have been learnt along the way. 

Yet it is a case of another day, another delay. NASA had wanted both SpaceX and Boeing to engage in the manufacture of vehicles that could carry people into lower earth orbit.

SpaceX is meanwhile busy renovating its Dragon capsule. There have been delays in the launch of this capsule along the way. As for Boeing it has delayed the launch of its Starliner vehicle as well.

NASA administrator Charles Bolden has put the onus on Congress for causing this delay. The funds have apparently not been forthcoming. As for Boeing, it has faced technical issues and so the delays have a reason behind them. 

However, as NASA sees delays, Russia is reaping the rewards. The Commercial Crew must use the Russian Soyuz rockets in order to get to the ISS. These are at present the only vehicles to get the job done. Yet it is a costly method. Each seat aboard the Soyuz costs NASA about $81 million.

This is a risky thing since NASA doesn’t have any other means of sending astronauts to the ISS. SpaceX has grounded all its Falcon 9 rockets since the September 1st explosion.

Although what exactly caused the explosion hasn’t been pinpointed, Elon Musk seems to have it all figured out. It was apparently a complicated process that took place during fueling.

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