The date of the test was announced. This report specific note was that 5 days after the NASA agency agreed to additional Boeing payment, the firm handed over a proposal to NASA willing to sell five seats of Soyuz it got from a Russian firm RSC Energia for an amount of $373.5 million.
The technology will then be installed on the commercial platform on Station provided by commercial utilization of space firm Nanoracks.
A new report claims that NASA funded Boeing nearly $300 million more than the initially planned in its commercial crew deal in part since the agency concerns that the firm is likely to drop out of the project. SpaceX had previously managed to successfully ship an unmanned vehicle to the International Space Station.
CRS-19 is the 19th of 20 missions SpaceX was contracted by NASA to fly. The prerequisites for carrying astronauts are quite high.
During the upcoming test, SpaceX will launch a uncrewed spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket and, in mid-flight, activate the capsule's launch abort system to separate the the spacecraft from the rocket.
The date of the test is very close, but the date of January 4 can be changed at any time.
"This will be specifically for Bitcoin, however we are planning for this to be extended to other blockchains in the near future as part of our expected roadmap that will see several new launches over the next 18 months".
Some of NASA's tasks were also affected by these delays. It would nearly be surprising if the In-Flight Abort Test happens on schedule. NASA will leave a crew of only 3 people at the station, following the return team with the Soyuzlar.
SpaceX launched its 19th cargo mission for NASA today, cramming tons of scientific research and cargo bound for astronauts on board the International Space Station into a capsule carried by a powerful rocket.