Boeing’s Starliner Manned Launch Delayed

Boeing’s Starliner manned launch has been delayed by a few months because of problems with the space capsule. A software glitch sent the capsule into the wrong orbit, delaying the launch by several months. In the aftermath, Boeing spent $410 million fixing the problem, which caused the delay. This latest setback comes as the company is grappling with back-to-back crises. A pandemic slashed demand for new jetliners, and two fatal crashes of the 737 MAX aircraft caused a safety scandal.

The spacecraft’s first manned flight is expected to happen next February, but engineers are still working out a couple of minor issues. The spacecraft is still in its testing phase and will have to demonstrate its docking ability with the International Space Station before it can be sent on its maiden flight.

A test flight of the capsule was cut short on Wednesday due to problems with software. The crewed capsule is expected to make a one-day trip to the station to transport supplies for NASA. After it returns to Earth, the capsule will prepare for future missions. However, Boeing’s engineers are still trying to determine the cause.

The delays have caused many questions. For instance, is Boeing going to continue working with NASA? This is a big deal because the company is one of the agency’s major partners. But, as delays continue to pile up, the future relationship between the two organizations is uncertain. It’s also worth noting that Boeing recently lost a major, multimillion-dollar bid to build NASA’s new human lander.

Another problem that plagued the capsule’s launch is the stuck propulsion system valves. This issue was discovered when a service module removed it from the Atlas 5 and hauled it back to the factory. The engineers eventually discovered that moisture in the air had mixed with the thruster propellant, causing the valves to not open as expected.

After the investigation, Boeing and NASA made dozens of changes. However, the cost of the additional work and delays is still unknown. The company had already set aside $410 million for the OFT-2 test. However, there is still a possibility that the cost of the delay and the additional work will exceed the amount they’ve allotted.

The manned launch of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft was initially scheduled to take place last Friday. The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that was scheduled to launch the capsule was delayed because of the problem. The company needed more time to investigate the problem with the valves that control the propulsion system. As a result, the crewed flight will be delayed by at least two months, and the crewless flight will be pushed into next year.

The delay in the crewed launch is a setback for Boeing. The company has suffered a series of setbacks and is now scrambling to finish a test flight before it can finally launch its manned flight to the International Space Station. Originally, Boeing hoped to launch a manned flight in February 2022, but it has had to delay the launch by a year. The delay allows the company to work out some issues and regulate traffic in the space station. The test flight will take two astronauts to the ISS, and they should stay for about two weeks.

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