The Starliner capsule from Boeing should have been the target of an uncrewed test flight, but the company was forced to delay it. The planned flight to the International Space Station for the human spaceflight program of NASA will be pushed back by three months by the firm based on industry sources, and instead, it will take place in August.
Initially, in August, the spaceship was planned to perform its first crewed flight after the test in April. But now the latter will be pushed back as well. Now, Boeing’s Starliner crewed test flight might take place in November.
According to a report from Reuters from a month ago, Boeing was warned, as long as SpaceX, a rival contractor, of safety concern by NASA so that before flying humans to space both of them should do something.
Boeing forced to delay Starliner test flight due to safety concerns
Two people with direct knowledge of the matter said that the first test flight of Boeing was slated for April, but instead it has been pushed further to August. With that being said, the crewed mission of Boeing that should have taken place in August has been moved to November.
A NASA spokesman said that the launch schedule would receive new update and it should be posted next week, even though he declined to comment. SpaceX and Boeing receive $6.8 billion from NASA to build capsules and rocket launch systems so that the American astronauts could fly to the International Space Station from US soil. That would be the first time since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program of the United States has been shut down.
SpaceX, for its part, is winning ground over Boeing, as the uncrewed Dragon capsule completed a six-day round-trip mission to the International Space Station, earlier this month. In July, a crewed Dragon capsule test flight should happen.
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