Boeing will have to wait again to prove the value of its Starliner spacecraft. The company and NASA planned to launch the capsule on Tuesday on top of the Atlas V rocket at 13:20 ET, but that is no longer happening.
“We are deviating from today’s launch of the #Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2,” Boeing he tweeted. Company attributed the delay to “unexpected indications of valve position in the propulsion system” observed by engineers during pre-launch preparations. It is currently unclear whether the problem is related to the Starliner or the Atlas V rocket that was supposed to take the ship into space. Boeing and NASA said they would provide updated information on the situation on Wednesday, Aug. 4.
“We are disappointed with today’s outcome and the need to schedule a Starliner launch,” said John Vollmer, vice president and program manager of Boeing’s commercial crew program. “Human spaceflight is a complex, precise and unforgivable endeavor, and Boeing and NASA teams will take the time to ensure the safety and integrity of the spacecraft and achieve the goals of our mission.”
After her the first test flight went wrong, Starliner was to return to space July 30. However, NASA delayed the flight after the new Russian ISS Science module unexpectedly fired its thrusters, setting the station out of its usual orientation.
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