These initial flights in the Commercial Crew Program will be unmanned.
For SpaceX's test flight, NASA assigned Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, both members of several Endeavour and Atlantis missions.
While the schedule for the crewed test flights are little changed from previous schedules, there's an expectation in the industry that those dates, too, will slip depending on when the uncrewed test flights take place and their outcomes.
Boeing's Starliner will be propelled by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, which will also be launched from Cape Canaveral. The way things look right now, if the demonstration flight goes well, officials say two NASA astronauts will take a test flight in July aboard the SpaceX capsule, according to the Associated Press.
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"We are excited about seeing the hardware we have followed through development, integration, and ground testing move into flight".
The Crew Dragon will blast off towards the ISS for two weeks in a bid to prove its reliability and safety in carrying astronauts into space.
If schedules hold, the crewed launches this summer will be the first to take off from USA soil carrying humans to low-Earth orbit since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.
The agency's Commercial Crew Program has been working with SpaceX "throughout the month of January" to make sure it is "ready to learn critical information that will further help us to fly our crews safely", officials said.
Boeing's crewed launch is scheduled for August. Both craft will then have to perform abort tests and a test mission with crew aboard.
NASA said the revised dates "allow for completion of necessary hardware testing, data verification, remaining NASA and provider reviews, as well as training of flight controllers and mission managers".
If the test is successful, SpaceX will carry on with the second one which got delayed to July 2019. This way, the agency will no longer need to rely on the Russian Soyuz capsule.