Manned test flight “Starliner” delayed


A first manned test flight of the starship “Starliner” to the International Space Station – actually scheduled for spring – has been postponed again. The capsule, developed by Boeing on behalf of the American space agency NASA, will now leave for the ISS with astronauts on board for the first time on July 21 at the earliest, Boeing and NASA announced on Wednesday.

NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Suni Williams will participate in the roughly week-long flight, previously scheduled for the spring. The reasons for the delay include numerous other projects at the ISS and at the Cape Canaveral spaceport, as well as further tests of the spacecraft, it said at a news conference.

Last May, the “Starliner” completed its first successful unmanned flight to the ISS and spent four days there – an important test for the crisis-plagued spacecraft.

Project well behind schedule
In the future, it will carry astronauts to the ISS as an alternative to SpaceX’s “Crew Dragon” space capsule. However, due to a number of problems, the project is well behind schedule.

Source: Krone


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