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Boeing’s 1st Starliner Spacecraft Check Launch Delayed to Dec. 19

It is a two-day delay for Starliner’s debut.

Boeing has pushed again the launch debut of its Starliner spacecraft to Dec. 19, a two-day delay, because of a glitch with the spacecraft’s Atlas V rocket.

The uncrewed Starliner take a look at flight, which is able to launch the Boeing capsule’s first-round journey to the Worldwide Area Station, will now launch no sooner than Thursdays, Dec. 19, at 6:59 a.m. EST (1159 GMT). The 48-hour delay will permit engineers to handle a “purge air provide” concern on the Atlas V rocket constructed for the mission by the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a three way partnership by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

“Each the rocket and the spacecraft are wholesome and transferring via normal pre-launch processing,” Boeing representatives wrote in an replace on Twitter.

Boeing’s Starliner house capsule is designed to launch astronauts to and from the Worldwide Area Station underneath a business crew contract with NASA. The spacecraft will launch at the very least 4 astronauts to the house station for a long-duration mission and return them to Earth, utilizing parachutes and airbags to land in California’s the Mojave Desert.

On Nov. 21, Boeing unveiled its first Starliner spacecraft, attaching it to the Atlas V rocket that may launch it to the Worldwide Area Station later this month on the Orbital Flight Check, or OFT, take a look at flight. The uncrewed take a look at flight “will present beneficial information on the end-to-end efficiency of the Atlas V rocket, Starliner spacecraft and floor programs, in addition to in-orbit, docking and touchdown operations,” NASA officers have mentioned.

Earlier in November, Boeing efficiently launched a pad abort take a look at flight to verify Starliner’s escape system designed to drag the spacecraft freed from its rocket in an emergency.

Boeing is certainly one of two U.S. corporations with NASA contracts to fly American astronauts to house on personal spacecraft. The opposite firm is SpaceX, which efficiently launched its first uncrewed Crew Dragon take a look at flight to the house station in March of this yr. SpaceX can be anticipated to launch an in-flight abort system take a look at flight later this month.

NASA presently anticipated Boeing and SpaceX to start flying astronauts to house in 2020. That will probably be a significant turning level for NASA, which has been depending on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft for crew launches because the company’s house shuttle fleet was retired in 2011.

Earlier in November, Boeing efficiently launched a pad abort take a look at flight to verify Starliner’s escape system designed to drag the spacecraft freed from its rocket in an emergency.

Boeing is certainly one of two U.S. corporations with NASA contracts to fly American astronauts to house on personal spacecraft. The opposite firm is SpaceX, which efficiently launched its first uncrewed Crew Dragon take a look at flight to the house station in March of this yr. SpaceX can be anticipated to launch an in-flight abort system take a look at flight later this month.

NASA presently anticipated Boeing and SpaceX to start flying astronauts to house in 2020. That will probably be a significant turning level for NASA, which has been depending on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft for crew launches because the company’s house shuttle fleet was retired in 2011.

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