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NASA moves two astronauts from Boeing missions to future SpaceX launches after severe delays in Starliner

NASA moves two astronauts from Boeing missions to future SpaceX launches after severe delays in Starliner

The two astronauts previously assigned to Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, pictured above, have been flown to a SpaceX mission next year. Boeing

  • The agency said Wednesday that NASA has transferred two astronauts from Boeing flights to the SpaceX 2022 mission.

  • Boeing’s Starliner missions to the International Space Station (ISS) have been indefinitely delayed after setbacks.

  • Moving the astronauts to SpaceX will give Boeing time to work on the Starliner spacecraft, NASA said.

  • See more stories on the Business Insider page.

NASA said Wednesday it has moved two astronauts from Boeing missions to future SpaceX launches after significant delays on Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.

Nicole Mann was scheduled to perform a test flight of the Boeing Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), and Josh Cassada was assigned the first operational mission to the International Space Station. But one without a crew The launch of Starliner has been postponed indefinitely, And NASA said He reassigned astronauts to SpaceX missions to give Boeing time to complete development of the Starliner.

The pair is now expected to be on the plane SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft NASA added that the Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station in the fall of 2022.

Mann is expected to serve as commander, and Cassada is expected to be a pilot for the SpaceX Crew 5 mission, NASA said.

“Nicole and Josh have done a tremendous job in pioneering training and the way forward for astronauts to fly aboard the Boeing Starliner spacecraft,” Catherine Lueders of the Space Operations Directorate said in a press release. She added that the two astronauts will enhance the experience during flight training SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

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Three other NASA astronauts — Butch Willmore, Mike Fink and Sonny Williams — are still working on Boeing’s Starliner projects, the agency said in the statement.

In 2014, NASA selected SpaceX and Boeing to build spacecraft for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program to transport American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

But setbacks with the Starliner spacecraft have delayed Boeing’s efforts.

Boeing planned August 3 Starliner unmanned test flight To and from the International Space Station.

Hours before launch, engineers discovered a valve problem in the spacecraft’s propulsion system and Boeing had to abandon the launch. The company later discovered that 13 valves did not open properly, preventing the engines from starting.

Boeing said He sent Starliner back to the factory to fix problems and delay launch indefinitely, from Insider’s Morgan McFall-Johnsen mentioned.

Boeing tried for the first time A test flight of an unmanned Starliner in December 2019, but the spacecraft veered off course and used fuel too quickly. This means that there was not enough fuel to reach the International Space Station and return to Earth.

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