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NASA has announced a new launch date for the first manned mission of Boeing’s Starliner vehicle

NASA has announced a new launch date for the first manned mission of Boeing’s Starliner vehicle

The first crewed flight of Boeing’s Starliner capsule has been rescheduled for June 5. (EFE/EPA/Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich)

After several delays, the first manned flight of the capsule was launched Starliner to Boeing It will be launched on Wednesday, June 5, it has been confirmed a pot. The launch is scheduled for 10:52 a.m. ET Space Launch Complex-41 In the Space power station to Cape Canaveralin Florida (United State).

release It was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 1 It was canceled just minutes before its start due to a problem with the ground launch sequencer which was not loaded in the correct operational configuration.

The US space agency explained that “the ground launch sequencer computer was not loaded into the correct operational configuration after the start of the final count,” as it confirmed. Letters of News.

The Starliner spacecraft will launch from Space Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral (Reuters/Joe Skipper)

the United Launch Alliance (Al-UlaThe company, which manufactures and operates the rockets that launch the capsule into space, worked until Sunday to evaluate ground support equipment that failed during the countdown. A power supply problem has been identified in one of the three redundant modules that power the computer cards that control multiple systems.

All units are necessary to ensure crew safety during the final phase of the aforementioned count.

On Sunday, the problem unit was removed, inspected and replaced with a replacement unit. No signs of physical damage were found, and functional checks of the new chassis and cards have been completed, confirming that all devices are operating normally. A complete failure analysis will be performed to better understand the root cause of the problem.

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he Starlinercapable of transporting up to seven people, will make an approximately 24-hour trip to International Space Station (International Space Station). However, only two astronauts will fly on this test mission. a pot: Barry Wilmore61 years old, and Sunita Williams, 58 years old. The astronauts will spend a week on board the vehicle International Space StationEvaluation of the capsule and its systems.

The Starliner spacecraft will transport astronauts Barry Wilmore and Sunita Williams to the International Space Station (Reuters/Joe Skipper)

The problems with Saturday’s launch come in addition to a series of previous delays. The launch was initially scheduled for May 6, but was postponed due to a problem with the oxygen valve on the rocket. United Launch Alliance. Later, on May 25, a helium leak in the service module forced the launch to be rescheduled again, according to the agency. AP.

If the mission is successful, NASA could authorize the Starliner spacecraft to fly routine missions to and from the International Space Station. Until now, the US space agency has primarily used SpaceX’s Dragon capsule to transport crew and cargo to the space station.

These missions are part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to use American rockets and capsules to send astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station, thus preparing for future missions to the Moon and Mars.

the a pot awarded to Boeing $4.2 billion contract to develop StarlinerBut due to the delay, the company faced losses of approximately $1.5 billion.