The first contract voyage by a manned Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station will not be earlier than the end of September, the Russian satellite news agency reported.
The circular states:
“The launch will not take place before the end of September, after the successful return of U.S. astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Benken from the International Space Station, and an analysis of the second demonstration flight by NASA and SpaceX.”
The launch is the first official mission since the manned Dragon sent two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in late May. The two astronauts are scheduled to return to Earth from August 1-2. Previously, it has been reported that the manned “Dragon” can only be certified before the official mission can begin.