Ever since the US retired the area shuttle, it’s relied upon Russian rockets to get crews to and from the International satellite. 2017 was meant to be the year that both SpaceX and Boeing rehabilitated some town pride, but the latter’s currently had to bow out. GeekWire is reporting that the region firm’s area taxi, the CST-100 Starliner, won’t be prepared for manned space travel till 2018. That means that not solely is NASA’s timetable progressing to need to modification, but SpaceX is left as the agency’s solely hope. If Elon Musk can keep the Dragon’s development program on schedule, then his company is virtually secured to win the new area race.
There’s one thing not quite right at Boeing, and its efforts towards building new ways to get into area square measure suffering. Last month we according that the ULA, a satellite-launching partnership Boeing has with Lockheed Martin, was edged-out of an Air Force GPS contract by SpaceX. Rumors then began to surface saying that the company merely could not contend with SpaceX on value. The GeekWire report confirms that Boeing will slash around four,000 jobs with even more being thought of for later on within the year. Which, as you all know, is a sign that everything’s going just groovy.