Boeing’s first crewed flight to the space station gets an extension — and a delay
will no longer be a quick trip to the International Space Station, but will last for months — just like a full-fledged mission. But don’t expect it to happen for a while. NASA announced today that the company is now targeting August for Starliner’s first uncrewed flight test, with the longer crewed flight happening sometime in late 2019.
The new target dates, which have already been reported, represent a significant delay for Boeing as the company readies the Starliner for flight. The Starliner is one of two vehicles being developed for NASA’s Commercial Crew program, to transport the space agency’s astronauts to and from the International Space Station.