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NASA warned of safety risks in delayed private crew launches (Update)


This undated photo made available by NASA on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 shows, from left, Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Eric Boe, Nicole Mann, Christopher Ferguson, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover standing in front of mockups of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsules at the Johnson Space Center in Texas.


On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, NASA auditors warned the space agency faces "significant safety and technical challenges" that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules.


NASA auditors warned Thursday the space agency faces "significant safety and technical challenges" that need to be solved before astronauts fly in private capsules.


In its report, NASA's inspector general office noted Boeing and SpaceX are several years late in transporting crews to the International Space Station.


During a visit to NASA's Ames Research Center in Northern California on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence said astronauts would be launching again from Cape Canaveral by spring.


Boeing and SpaceX have made significant progress during these past eight years, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin and his auditors concluded in Thursday's report.






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