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The good news about the sales team is that, as a public-private partnership, companies do not need to wait for NASA as they would in a traditional program, in which NASA engineers directly supervise the work often done at NASA facilities. Both Boeing and SpaceX tell Quartz that they continue to test and prepare their spaceship. NASA press officers did not answer questions because they are on furlough following the shutdown.

At the Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX has rented a launch pad from the US government and continues to work on it. Musk shared photos of the company's Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon spaceship vertical on the launch pad, a key sign that the company's hardware is ready to head for space.

But both companies – and even any US space launch – require the US government to be operational, including FAA airspace launch and licensing approvals, and that the US Air Force provide meteorological, radar and safety procedures around the launch pad.

Most important for these test flights, however, is to have NASA engineers on site to verify data and conduct joint testing of test programs to certify rockets for operational use. It's as if you're trying to pass the driver's license test and the office was closed indefinitely, but with rockets.

Companies say the closure has not yet impacted their work, but it's clear that at some point, NASA will have to show up.

"SpaceX is assessing the impacts of the partial shutdown of the government on our commercial launches," said a spokesman for the company. "NASA continues to support Commercial Crew Program operations as we head to our first Crew Dragon demonstration mission next month."

Unspoken says the two companies largely depend on government contracts for their space activities with NASA, the US military and government spying agencies.

"If the shutdown continues for an even longer period, the effects could affect our operational efficiency and pose other problems for our business," said a spokesman for Boeing. "We urge the administration and Congress to quickly find a solution to this financial stalemate in order to completely reopen the government and preserve US economic growth."

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