Boeing’s troubled Starliner spacecraft has once again become the talk of the town as the company announced indefinite delays in the mission. Earlier this week, Boeing found two “serious problems” with the spacecraft, just weeks before its scheduled launch.
The first problem was with the Starliner’s propulsion system valves, which the company said were unable to achieve full flow during testing. According to industry experts, this could lead to reduced thrust during the craft’s ascent into orbit. Boeing said it is modifying the valves to rectify the issue.
The second issue was with a data link that transmits information between the spacecraft and the ground. Boeing has discovered that data transfers took longer than expected, which could cause the spacecraft’s propulsion system to use up more fuel than planned.
Boeing announced that it would have to delay Starliner’s upcoming mission, in which it was to carry NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This mission, which was already scheduled to be put on hold due to safety concerns from a previous test flight, is now on hold again due to these issues.
NASA officials expressed disappointment with the news, saying that they had been looking forward to conducting this mission for years. However, NASA also emphasized that safety is their top priority and supported Boeing’s decision to delay the mission.
Boeing’s stock saw a slight dip following the announcement but quickly recovered, as many industry experts believe that the company will ultimately solve these issues. However, Starliner’s continued delays could further damage Boeing’s reputation in the aerospace industry.