SpaceX, NASA Push 1st Crew Dragon Test Flight to February - Space.com
Space.com - Fri 11 Jan 17:28 GMT

SpaceX, NASA Push 1st Crew Dragon Test Flight to February - Space.com

The first uncrewed test flight of SpaceX's new Dragon spacecraft for astronauts will now launch no earlier than February, NASA officials said today (Jan. 10).

  The first uncrewed test flight of SpaceX's new Dragon spacecraft for astronauts will now launch no earlier than February, NASA officials said today (Jan. 10).

  [Take a Walk Through SpaceX's Crew Dragon] NASA officials did not mention if the ongoing partial government shutdown played a role in the Demo-1 launch delay, though the shutdown has shuttered much of the space agency and stalled some space science operations.

  SpaceX's Demo-1 mission will mark the first test flight of a privately built crewed spaceraft to ferry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

  SpaceX has already rolled the Demo-1 Crew Dragon out to Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center for a dry run of launch operations, NASA officials said.

  NASA officials are relying on SpaceX and Boeing to resume crew launches from U.S. soil while the agency works on its own Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System megarocket, destined for deep-space flights in the 2020s.