In a revised schedule released by NASA on Dec. 12, 2016, it was revealed that SpaceX has delayed test flights for its Crew Dragon spacecraft by a number of months. According to Space News, this is, in part, due to the Sept. 1 Falcon 9 pad explosion.
The NASA statement gave no reason for the delays other than it reflected a “fourth quarter update” from both SpaceX as well as the Boeing dates that were revised in October 2016.
Before the release, SpaceX was still targeting a May 2017 uncrewed test flight and a crewed flight in August 2017. However, that has been pushed to November 2017 and May 2018, respectively.
SpaceX is still investigating the exact cause of the Sept. 1 explosion. The company was hoping to return to flight as early as this week; however, last week, it was revealed the company needed more time to finalize their findings. Currently, the first flight is scheduled for early January 2017. That flight is expected to send 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.