Boeing’s first spaceflight with astronauts has been delayed until next year due to repairs that require to be produced to the capsule after its last test flight.
Liftoff of the Starliner capsule with a set of NASA test pilots is currently scheduled for February, officials announced Thursday. That they had hoped to launch it by year’s end.
Boeing has launched Starliner twice with out a crew, lately in-may. The capsule were able to dock with the International Space Station on the next go-around, despite thruster along with other problems. Boeing program manager Mark Nappi said these issues have to be fixed before two NASA astronauts climb aboard, as soon as February.
A few of the thruster trouble is thought to have been due to debris. Because that portion of the capsule was ditched before touchdown, “we shall never know just what was the problem,” Nappi told reporters.
Boeing already was trailing SpaceX, NASA’s other contracted taxi service, by enough time the Starliner made its debut in 2019. The capsule‘s initial test flight with a mannequin was cut short by way of a string of software problems, prompting this year’s do-over.
SpaceX is gearing up because of its sixth crew flight for NASA. Liftoff has been bumped to the start of October due to all of the traffic at the space station.
NASA’s space station program manager, Joel Montalbano, said Boeing could have priority in February.
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