Boeing’s first crewed Starliner launch has been delayed once again, according to recent reports. The launch, which was initially scheduled for 2019, has faced numerous setbacks and delays, including a failed test flight in 2019 that resulted in the spacecraft not reaching the International Space Station (ISS).
The latest delay is due to ongoing software issues and concerns about the spacecraft’s readiness for flight. The launch was previously scheduled for April 2021 but has now been pushed back to late 2021 or early 2022.
The Starliner spacecraft is designed to transport astronauts to and from the ISS and is one of two vehicles contracted by NASA for crewed missions, the other being SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The delays to the Starliner program have put additional pressure on SpaceX to continue providing crew transportation services to the ISS.
Boeing has faced criticism over the delays to the Starliner program, which have been attributed to a range of technical and organizational issues. The company has been working to address these issues and improve the safety and reliability of the spacecraft.
The latest delay to the Starliner launch is a setback for Boeing’s efforts to regain the trust of NASA and the space industry, and underscores the challenges involved in developing new spacecraft and technologies for human spaceflight.