The first manned flight of the Starliner space capsule still postponed

The first manned flight of the Starliner space capsule still postponed

The first manned flight of the space capsule of BoeingStarliner, has been pushed back again, and is now scheduled for April 2023, the company announced. Nasa Thursday. The American space agency wants to set up a second means of transport to the International Space Station (ISS) for its astronautswith the capsule of SpaceX already in service.

But Boeing suffered a series of setbacks that significantly delayed its program, including a failed test flight in 2019.company finally managed in May 2022 to reach the ISS for the first time, without a crew on board. Boeing then hoped to be able to carry out its first manned flight in 2022, before it was postponed for the first time to February 2023.

Regulate traffic to the Space Station

The new deadline announced Thursday allows traffic to the Space Station to be regulated, NASA said in a statement, without giving further details. This test flight, called CFT (for “Crew flight test”), will carry two NASA astronauts, Barry Wilmore and Sunita Williams. They should stay about two weeks in theISSNASA said on Thursday.

If the mission is successful, the Boeing capsule can finally be certified and begin its operational flights, on a date yet to be determined.