Due to ongoing technical problems with the spacecraft, Boeing still expects its Starliner capsule to be able to launch in August.
Last week, after engineers detected a problem with a valve in the vehicle’s propulsion system, Boeing postponed the launch of a critical unmanned test of its Starliner astronaut taxi. The valve was not depressed during the pre-launch inspection. The layout opens. Now, the company revealed that they found problems with 13 valves and, according to a statement from Boeing, since the problem was first discovered on August 3, the mission team has restored the functionality of 7 of these 13 valves.
They added that they are working hard to launch the vehicle in August.
“Boeing is developing a system plan to open the affected valves, demonstrate repeatable system performance, and verify the root cause of the problem before sending Starliner back to the launch pad for the Orbital Flight Test 2 mission,” he said. a company official.
The statement states that Boeing is also “evaluating multiple launch opportunities in August and will work with NASA and the United Launch Alliance to confirm the date the spacecraft is ready.”
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“Boeing has completed physical inspections and chemical sampling of the exterior of multiple affected valves , which shows no damage or signs of external corrosion, “the official wrote in the statement. . “The test team is now applying mechanical, electrical and thermal techniques to make the valve open. Seven of the 13 valves are now operating as designed, and the remaining affected valves will be inspected and repaired in the coming days.”
Engineer at 8 After the initial detection of the valve problem on August 3, the company hopes that it can be resolved in time before August 3. 4 Launch. However, on August 4, Boeing announced that while engineers ensured the availability of Starliner, the launch would be further delayed. As part of the company’s Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT2) mission, Boeing
is preparing for the Starliner flight, an unmanned test flight to and from the International Space Station.
Starliner is the crew module of Boeing. It was developed with the support of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and is used to transport astronauts to and from orbit like SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.
As part of the OFT2 mission, Starliner will launch on a ULA Atlas V rocket, merge and dock with the space station, unload cargo and stay at the berth for 5-10 days, then return home and land in a parachute on the ground with the help of the following personnel.
This is Starliner’s second unmanned test flight. The first OFT mission in December 2019 did not go as planned. Starliner was unable to connect to the space station and returned to Earth early.
With the success of OFT2, Boeing plans to begin sending NASA astronauts to the plane. Before the recent delay, Boeing had stated that it would begin a manned launch before the end of this year. The company has yet to comment on whether this goal is still set.