America Could Wait Longer Than Expected For Next Manned Spaceflight
NASA's commercial partners are slow to meet engineering requirements for crew-carrying spacecraft — and their rockets sometimes explode, too.By Evan Thomas | September 9, 2016
Astronauts haven't launched to space from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. Optimistically, there was only supposed to be a six-year gap before commercial companies could start launching manned flights to the International Space Station in 2017.
But that timeline is looking doubtful. Boeing has pushed back its first manned launch to 2018, citing engineering challenges. SpaceX is going to be delayed — probably for months — while it investigates a recent explosion.