Is this thing ever going to launch?
Boeing’s Starliner, it seems, may be damned.
Like Reuters ReportsBoeing and its supplier, Aerojet Rocketdyne, are playing a blame game as the May 19 launch date for the Starliner quickly approaches — even as the rocket itself continues to face significant problems.
Only a week after the file Part looks like it’s falling off the Starliner As it has been flown to the launch pad for tests, this latest issue stems from a fuel valve problem that Boeing and Aerojet have blamed on each other, sources familiar with the matter said. Reuters.
In a statement provided to the news agency, Boeing acknowledged that it was “working on short- and long-term design changes for the valves,” referring to a serious problem, It was first reported last yearThis has significantly delayed the test date of the spacecraft.
There have been a host of problems with the Starliner project, which aims to establish Boeing as a suitable competitor to SpaceX capable of transporting crew and cargo to the International Space Station.
from How to burn fuel very quickly To get to the International Space Station to Skip critical software testsStarliner’s history has been so fraught with setbacks that it is hard to believe that it will really be able to compete with SpaceX – which, despite its frequent setbacks and failures, has become the only private spaceflight company capable of transporting astronauts and cargo to and from the space station.
The big question now? What we’ll see on the May 19 launch date.
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