Boeing Scraps Planned Launch of Starliner
15:21 GMT 03.08.2021 (Updated: 15:41 GMT 03.08.2021)
© AP Photo / Joel KowskyA United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft onboard is seen illuminated by spotlights on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 ahead of the Orbital Flight Test mission, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida
© AP Photo / Joel Kowsky
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US aerospace giant Boeing has scrapped its second unmanned cargo test mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the company said on Tuesday.
A delay of Boeing's Starliner launch was caused by a technical problem with a new launch expected to take place the next day, NASA spokeswoman Patricia Bielling said on Tuesday.
“NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) have scrubbed the Aug. 3 launch attempt of the agency’s Orbital Flight Test-2 to the International Space Station due to unexpected valve position indications in the Starliner propulsion system. ULA will begin removing propellant from the Atlas V rocket,” Bielling said. “Pending resolution of the forward work, our next available launch opportunity would be 12:57 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Aug. 4.”
Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, designed for manned flight, was due to launch on Tuesday from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida following a weather-related delay last week.