America Could Lose Its Access to the International Space Station for Nearly a Year

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    Boeing and SpaceX, owing to manufacturing delays and certification hurdles, are unlikely to provide NASA with the vehicles required to transport astronauts to the International Space Station next year, according to an alarming government report. As a result, and starting in late 2019, the U.S. might not have a crew aboard the ISS for nearly an entire year.

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is in jeopardy, according to a report published this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and a plan is now needed to ensure uninterrupted access to the International Space Station. Failure to do so could result in the U.S. losing its ability to send astronauts to the ISS once NASA’s contract expires with Russia’s Soyuz program in November of 2019. The GOA report warns that the U.S. may lose its ability to send astronauts to space for a period lasting nine months or more.
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