Boeing's Starliner: Rescue from the Final Frontier

Boeing's Starliner capsule, currently docked at the ISS, faces technical issues delaying its return to Earth. Five helium leaks, non-functional thrusters, and a propellant valve malfunction have necessitated several rescheduled return dates. NASA and mission teams are working extensively to address these mid-mission challenges crucial for Boeing's space division.

Reuters | Updated: 25-06-2024 02:26 IST | Created: 25-06-2024 02:26 IST
Boeing's Starliner: Rescue from the Final Frontier
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Problems with Boeing's Starliner capsule, still docked at the International Space Station (ISS), have upended the original plans for its return of its two astronauts to Earth, as last-minute fixes and tests draw out a mission crucial to the future of Boeing's space division. NASA has rescheduled the planned return three times, and now has no date set for it. Since its June 5 liftoff, the capsule has had five helium leaks, five maneuvering thrusters go dead and a propellant valve fail to close completely, prompting the crew in space and mission managers in Houston to spend more time than expected pursuing fixes mid-mission.

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