Days after a SpaceX Crew Dragon splashed down after its tenth crew flight, Boeing and NASA announced another delay in the first crewed flight of the CST-100 Starliner. A report on the diverging fortunes of the two commercial crew vehicles. buff.ly/42w7HkD
Whither Starliner?by Jeff FoustMonday, June 5, 2023The gaping chasm between the two companies NASA selected nearly nine years ago to develop commercial crew vehicles was clearly illustrated last week.
With the return of the Crew-6 mission, SpaceX's work under NASA's original commercial crew contract is complete. Meanwhile, Boeing's Starliner spacecraft still hasn't gotten off the ground with astronauts.
Four-person crew returns to Earth aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsuleSpaceX has now completed its original commercial crew contract with NASA.by Stephen Clark - Sep 5, 2023 5:17pm GMT
Recall that NASA wants a Falcon 9 booster with less than 6 flights for lofting up a crew Dragon to the ISS.It seems that SpaceX only have 3 current boosters with less than 5 flights consisting of B1072, B1080 & B1081.So will SpaceX have to hold these boosters for NASA missions in the future or added a few newly build boosters from time to time? Of course NASA could allow boosters with higher number of flights than the current limit in the future.