After a collection of hold-ups that started with a Russian module mishap at the International Spaceport Station (ISS) on Starliner’s intended July 30 launch day, complied with by the exploration that 12 shutoffs on the Starliner spacecraft were not functioning properly during preflight checks, Boeing revealed on Friday (Aug. 13) that it would certainly stand down from the existing launch home window. A brand-new duration for the launch has actually not yet been revealed as well as 4 of the shutoffs on Starliner are still stuck.
“Goal success in human spaceflight depends upon countless elements integrating at the correct time,” John Vollmer, vice head of state as well as program supervisor for Boeing’s Industrial Staff Program, said in a statement. “We’ll remain to function the problem from the Starliner manufacturing facility as well as have actually made a decision to stand down for this launch home window to give way for various other nationwide top priority goals.”
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“We have actually established Starliner will certainly go back to our manufacturing facility for deeper-level troubleshooting of 4 propulsion system shutoffs. With @NASA, we have actually made a decision to stand down for this launch home window to give way for various other nationwide top priority goals,” Boeing tweeted today, describing the upcoming launch of a SpaceX Dragon freight spacecraft. The Dragon CRS-23 goal is arranged to introduce to the spaceport station on Aug. 28 as well as will certainly inhabit the very same docking port that Starliner would certainly have made use of — which Dragon is anticipated to invest regarding 2 months parked at the orbiting laboratory.
The OFT-2 goal will certainly be Boeing’s 2nd effort at releasing an uncrewed examination trip of it Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station after the very first goal stopped working to get to the ISS in December 2019. It will certainly introduce from Cape Canaveral Room Pressure Terminal in Florida on a United Release Partnership Atlas V rocket. If the goal works out, Boeing will certainly start releasing astronauts to the orbiting laboratory for NASA quickly later.
Editor’s note: This is a creating tale as well as will certainly be upgraded with details from a NASA/Boeing teleconference today (Aug. 13).
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