Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will once resist try to the International Space Station for a crucial test flight that will determine if it is finally ready for manned missions. NASA and private space companies have plan launches today, May 19, with an instant launch time at 6:54 p.m. Eastern Time. The Starliner will launch on top of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral and you can check out the event information in the video below or via NASA Live Website begins at 6 p.m. ET.
During its first test flight in December 2019, Starliner put it into orbit but failed to reach the ISS. An automation system misjudged the flight time and prevented the spacecraft’s thrusters from firing when needed. NASA and company investigated what happened, and a few months later reports came out that Boeing not proceed Simulation from launch to spacecraft before launch failure.
Boeing do it first The attempt was to launch an orbital test-2 in August 2021, but it had to abort its plan while the capsule was on top of the rocket due to a problem with its propulsion valve. Engineers repaired nine valves while the spacecraft was still getting ready to take off, but in the end Boeing decide to proceed a “deeper level troubleshooting” at its facility at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA had to provide SpaceX more crewed flights to make up for Boeing’s delay.
Now its valve problems have been solved – apparently, the interaction between the oxidant and the water has resulted in nitric acid and other corrosive agents that cause the valves to stick – the launch of Starliner is a step forward. The capsule must hit the mark this time if Boeing wants to catch up with SpaceX, the company that sent astronauts to the ISS since 2020. If nothing else arises, the Starliner will arrive at the ISS with more than 800 pounds of cargo in 24 hours. It will be attached to the orbiting laboratory for 5 to 10 days before making its way back to Earth and landing in the western United States.
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