First manned flight of the Starliner is postponed again

The first manned flight of the Starliner spacecraft scheduled for April is postponed again. This was announced by the head of the NASA manned space flight program, Kathy Lueders.

Preparation of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Source: NASA

According to Luders, the first flight of the Starliner with a crew will take place after the Ax-2 commercial mission. Since its launch is scheduled for May 12, and the duration is 16 days, this means that the Boeing spacecraft will go into space no earlier than June.

More recently, the first manned Starliner mission was scheduled for April. In early March, NASA and Boeing engineers planned to refuel the spacecraft. But apparently, this operation was not carried out.

At the moment, it is unknown what exactly led to the next postponement of the first manned flight of the Starliner. Neither Boeing nor NASA has yet issued an official statement on this matter.

Recall that as part of its first manned flight, Starliner will deliver astronauts Barry Wilmore and Sunita Williams to the ISS. They will spend eight days aboard the orbital complex, after which they will return to Earth.

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