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Boeing’s Starliner capsule, atop an Atlas V launch vehicle, launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Wednesday, after several delays. Photo: Chris O’Meara / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 06/05/2024 19:03:14

Science and technology: Starliner, with astronauts Barry Eugene “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams on board, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on an Atlas V launch vehicle at 10:52 a.m. Wednesday. Wilmore and Williams will be on the ISS for a week.

It is about Boeing’s first manned launch. The journey 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.

The launch should have taken place on 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. Then a helium leak was discovered in a service module, which led to further delays, before June 1 was set as the new launch date. The launch was aborted with less than four minutes remaining in the countdown, due to problems with a power supply. They finally succeeded on the third attempt on 5 June.

Boeing’s space program has encountered several problems before, including an unmanned launch in 2019 where the vessel did not reach the ISS. In May 2022, Boeing was finally able to send an unmanned Starliner capsule to the space station. A manned test was first planned for early 2023.

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