The test flight of the crisis-stricken Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) has been postponed again. The US space agency said that due to problems with the valves in the command system, the launch, which was already scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled. NASA and the company BoeingWho developed the “Starliner”. He will likely be tried again on Wednesday.
The Starliner drone was supposed to take off to the International Space Station on Friday. Due to an incident with a brief loss of control of the station’s position in space when the Russian research unit “Nauka” arrived on Thursday, the “Starliner” test has already been postponed.
The unmanned test flight aims to create a basis for transporting astronauts to the space station with a future Starliner. Boeing originally wanted to use the capsule to transport astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of Tesla founder Elon Musk’s “SpaceX”. However, the project suffered malfunctions in December 2019. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon has flown three manned missions to the International Space Station.
On board the “Starliner” there is 180 kilograms of cargo, among other things, to supply the current crew of the International Space Station. The capsule is expected to return to Earth with about 250 kilograms of cargo on board, including air tanks.
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