Boeing reportedly melts down over disastrous spacecraft

Will this thing ever release?

a curse on you

Boeing’s Starliner, it seems, may be cursed.

What Reuters Boeing and its supplier, Aerojet Rocketdyne, are reportedly playing the blame game as the May 19 launch date for Starliner fast approaches, even as the rocket itself continues to have major problems.

Just a week after a part appeared to fall off the Starliner as it was being brought to the launch pad for testing, this latest issue stems from a fuel valve problem that both Boeing and Aerojet blame each other for, sources said. familiar with the matter. Reuters.

In a statement provided to the news agency, Boeing admitted it is “working on short-term and long-term design changes to the valves,” alluding to a serious issue first reported last year that pushed back the date of spaceship test. significantly.

hard break

There have been a number of problems with the Starliner project, aimed at establishing Boeing as a suitable competitor to SpaceX capable of ferrying crew and cargo to the International Space Station.

From burning fuel too quickly to reach the International Space Station to skipping crucial software tests, Starliner’s history has been littered with setbacks that make it hard to believe it will ever truly compete with SpaceX, which, despite its own Through repeated setbacks and failures, it has become the only private spaceflight company capable of transporting astronauts and cargo to and from the space station.

The big question now? What we’re going to see on that May 19 release date.

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