The launch of the first manned spacecraft Boeing Starliner to the ISS was postponed

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The launch of the first manned spacecraft CST-100 Starliner of the Boeing aerospace corporation to the ISS has been postponed, the press service of United Launch Alliance (ULA), the company that owns the Atlas V launch vehicle, reported.

“ULA Flight Director Tom Heater has made the decision not to proceed with flight preparations,” – says a message published on the company’s official account on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

At the same time, as reported by NASA, the reason for the cancellation was a malfunction of the oxygen valve of the second stage of the launch vehicle. According to the aerospace agency, the launch could take place before the end of the week, but they will act upon readiness.

“In the next 24 hours, the most important thing is to study all the available information, understand the causes of the malfunction, and analyze the operation of the valves,” – said NASA commercial flight program manager Steve Stich, as follows from broadcasts.

Let us remind you that the cancellation of the launch of the CST-100 Starliner occurred against the backdrop of a series of scandals that rocked the Boeing company that manufactured the ship. According to the latest data, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a new investigation against the airline giant. This comes after it emerged that employees may have falsified a number of inspection reports on the 787 Dreamliner.

Recently, Boeing has had more frequent problems with its aircraft. Shares have been falling in price for several months in a row and continue to decline. During a large-scale audit, the company failed 33 out of 89 tests.

The situation was fueled by the mysterious death of an informant who had worked for the corporation for 32 years. Just a few days before his death, he testified in a lawsuit against the aircraft giant.

Also, after some time, it became known about the sudden death of the second informant.

Source: Ren


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