"Boeing and SpaceX continue to make progress developing their crew transportation systems, but both contractors have further delayed the certification milestone to early 2019," the report said.

Plans to launch the first NASA astronauts since 2011 to the International Space Station from the United States look to be delayed due to incomplete safety measures and accountability issues in the agency's commercial crew program, according to a federal report released on Wednesday. SpaceX and Boeing Co are the two main contractors selected under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's commercial crew program to send U.S. astronauts to space soon in 2019, using their Dragon and Starliner spacecraft. But the report from the Accountability Office revelead that the obstacles could cause delays and gaps in the launch of the first-ever crewed mission from U.S. by a private company and could cause a gap of nine months in which no U.S. astronauts inhabit the ISS. 

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