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The launch of the first manned Starliner ship has been postponed again

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The first manned Starliner spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Saturday to the International Space Station (ISS). However, a few minutes before launch, the mission was suspended.

The take-off of the manned Starliner ship was scheduled for 12:25 p.m. (6:25 p.m. in Poland) from Cape Canaveral in Florida. A few minutes before launch, the mission was suspended for technical reasons. The next launch attempt will be possible no earlier than in 24 hours.

Two astronauts NASA – Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams – was scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday and remain there for about a week. Their goal was to test the Starliner spacecraft and its subsystems before NASA began working on a transportation system for rotational missions.

Flights to the ISS

The first Starliner launch in 2019, without a crew, ended in failure because the capsule entered the wrong orbit and did not reach the ISS, so the flight had to be repeated. A series of further technical faults were later discovered. NASA 10 years ago commissioned private companies Boeing and SpaceX, which belongs to Elon Musk, to develop and produce a vehicle to transport astronauts to and from the ISS. Unlike Boeing, SpaceX's Dragon ships have been successfully performing orbital flights since 2020.

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International Space Station (ISS)Maciej Zieliński, Adam Ziemienowicz/PAP

Main photo source: NASA



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