SpaceX Test Fires Falcon 9 Booster for Crewed Dragon Flight

This is a positive step forward. However, the Dragon spacecraft remains a concern after the explosion of capsule on the test stand in April. I’m told by a very reliable source not to expect the crewed Dragon flight to the International Space Station (ISS) this year.

One of the problems is that SpaceX is scheduled to conduct an in-flight abort test before flying crew. The explosion in April destroyed the capsule intended for the test.

Boeing’s first Starliner flight to ISS could occur in October. That flight would not have a crew aboard. A crewed Starliner flight to the space station is highly unlikely this year.