In this sequence, on May 19, the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is to be launched atop an Atlas 5 rocket for the International Space Station. Boeing wants to show NASA that its spacecraft is safe for astronauts.
There was a conflict between Boeing and Aerojet over the Starliner’s propulsion system. Due to this, a test flight had to be canceled in July last year. For this both the companies blamed each other. In the world of space sector, Boeing is already struggling. In such a situation, the collision with Aerojet has increased its challenge further. The cost of the company in this project has been around Rs 4,598 crore.
Like last year, this time the mission does not face any problems, so that Boeing itself is making minor changes in the design of the valves of the propulsion system. 13 such fuel valves that help propel the Starliner in space were not working last year and the mission had to be postponed.
These technical failures have held Boeing back from SpaceX anyway. SpaceX has transported several astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in its Dragon capsule. By the way, NASA hopes that Boeing will overcome this difficulty. However, due to the delay in Boeing’s mission, SpaceX has got three more missions in hand.
Boeing and Aerojet have their own arguments for delaying the mission proposed last year. Both companies blame each other for the valves not working. Although Boeing and NASA believe almost the same reason behind this. According to this, a chemical reaction caused by propellant, aluminum material and moisture had clogged the valves.