NASA delays return of Boeing Starliner to avoid disaster

The setbacks of the Boeing Starliner continue: the return of the vessel to Earth, initially scheduled for June 24, has been postponed to a later date, not yet specified by NASA. The American space agency wants to take its time to avoid disaster.

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As recently as Thursday, we were already preparing for the return of the Boeing Starliner, by showing you how to watch its return to the Earth’s atmosphere live. If our indications remain valid as to which YouTube channel to watch, on the other hand you can forget the initial date of Tuesday June 25: NASA has just delayed the return of the spacecraft.

The United States space agency wants to avoid disaster. Indeed, the shuttle has experienced small technical setbacks since its birth. NASA engineers now want more time to examine the problems encountered by the spacecraft in orbit, according to the Reuters news agency.

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NASA has not set a new date: but when will the two astronauts Suni Williams and Butch Wilmore return? These were sent with the spacecraft to the ISS when it launched on June 5. Because this is not the first delay. The first date considered for return was initially June 14, before the date of June 25 was set.

In a press release, NASA indicates that “mission leaders are evaluating return possibilities after two spacewalks planned for June 24 and July 2“. The two astronauts therefore do not waste time in the shuttle and use their time in orbit usefully. In fact, the additional time will make it possible to obtain “valuable information” on system improvements for future missions.

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The American space agency wants above all to be reassuring: “We take our time and follow the standard engagement management team process“, says Steve Stich, NASA crew program manager. “The Starliner performs well in orbit while docked with the space station“, adds Mr. Stich.

Because for the moment, the Starliner’s liabilities are not reassuring. By committing to providing NASA with a partially reusable spacecraft, Boeing threw itself into a veritable financial abyss, to the tune of $1.5 billion. Its first unmanned test was a failure, after multiple delays, before a success in May 2022. In addition, the first manned flight was initially scheduled to take place in February 2023, but following the discovery of several technical defects, the launch was postponed. finally took place on June 5.

  • NASA has decided to postpone the return of the Boeing Starliner to a later date to examine technical problems.
  • It’s unclear when astronauts Suni Williams and Butch Wilmore will return, other than after July 2.
  • NASA assures that it takes its time and that these deadlines are valuable for analyzing technical problems.

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