The launch of the spacecraft Crew Dragon, created by SpaceX, with the crew on board can be postponed to November 2019. The TASS news publication learned about this by contacting a source in the rocket and space industry.
Earlier it was planned that the first manned launch of Dragon-2 will take place in July of this year. Determined with the crew – for the "steering wheel" sit Bob Benken and Doug Hurley. In case of successful fulfillment of the mission, NASA will provide the ship with certification for regular space flights.
According to the publication interlocutor, the reason for the possible transfer of the launch is associated with the remarks about the qualifications of the aircraft for manned launches. There are questions about the parachute system, which may also have to be replaced.
In 2011, the Space Shuttle manned space program was completed, after which American astronauts could not fly into orbit. In this regard, NASA has signed a contract with Roscosmos, providing for the provision of paid seats for the agency’s employees on Russian transport spacecraft Soyuz. The term of the agreement between the American and Russian sides ends this year. At this time, private companies SpaceX and Boeing are rushing to prepare new spacecraft, which are designed to put an end to the dependence of the States on the apparatus of the Russian Federation.