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Boeing’s space flight postponed once again


Boeing’s Starliner capsule sits atop an Atlas V launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida. Photo: Terry Renna / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 18.05.2024 05:39:33

Science and technology: The launch should have taken place on Monday 7 May. During the countdown, the launch was interrupted due to problems with a valve that was supposed to regulate the pressure on the Atlas V launch vehicle.

A new date was set for Friday 17 May. But two days earlier, a new problem was found – a helium leak in a service module. Thus Tuesday 21 May was set as the new date.

On Friday, Nasa announced that the helium leak must be investigated even more closely and that the launch cannot therefore take place on Tuesday after all, but on Saturday 25 May instead.

– The extra time will allow the technicians to assess the helium leak further, says NASA’s announcement.

Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams will be sent to the ISS. The planned launch will be the first manned journey of Boeing’s Starliner capsule and must be completed before Nasa can give Boeing certification to make future trips to the ISS, as the second private company after SpaceX. SpaceX received its verification in 2020 with the Dragon capsule, and has since made several trips to the ISS.

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