Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold

Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold
Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold/NASATV
Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold
Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold/NASATV

Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold

Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold

Boeing and NASA Scrub Starliner Launch After Automatic Hold

Key Highlights:

  1. Boeing and NASA postponed the Starliner spacecraft launch due to an automatic hold.
  2. Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Sunita Williams exited the capsule and returned to crew quarters.
  3. NASA plans a news conference to address the issues that led to the launch hold.

Boeing and NASA have called off the much-anticipated launch of the Starliner spacecraft, which was scheduled for today at 12:25 pm ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to CNN. The launch was scrubbed when an automatic hold was triggered by the rocket’s launch computer, halting the countdown clock.

Following the scrub, NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Sunita Williams exited the capsule and returned to crew quarters. This mission, which follows years of development and setbacks for Boeing’s Starliner, aims to rival SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft in crewed spaceflight.

Once the mission eventually launches, Wilmore and Williams are scheduled to spend a day in orbit before docking with the International Space Station, as reported by CNN. NASA is set to hold a news conference at 3 pm ET today to discuss the issue that led to the automatic hold of Starliner’s launch.

The hold likely occurred because the ground launch sequencer computer detected an unexpected condition after issuing a command and could not confirm a proper response, according to the live NASA broadcast.

During a recent flight readiness review, Williams remarked on the complexities of spaceflight, saying, “Every step of the way, we’re realising this makes us rethink how we do business. We have a capable spacecraft and we have people that can find solutions. We expect to find things that will help us make the spacecraft safer to fly. These launch dates are not magical. They are an opportunity to do our job. There will be more issues, and we’ll be ready to handle them.”

NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, who is set to pilot the upcoming Boeing Starliner-1 mission following a successful test flight, shared his thoughts on the emotional disappointment of scrubbed launches during the live NASA broadcast. “I remember back in the shuttle days we would play this game of getting ready for launch and then scrubbing and then coming back and getting the mission done,” Fincke recalled. “And I think over time, we won’t remember today, or May 6, so much because we’re going to have a great launch in our future,” CNN reported.

(Inputs from CNN)

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