As the Boeing Starliner capsule launch was delayed indefinitely and it must return to factory being grounded for months by valve issue, some new hypothesis are considered. Moisture in the air somehow infiltrated 13 valves in the capsule’s propulsion system. That moisture combined with a corrosive fuel-burning chemical that had gotten past seals, preventing the valves from opening as required. Possibly, it’s caused by Florida’s humid air. The second uncrewed test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner won’t happen for at least several months if not longer. “We’re obviously disappointed,” said John Vollmer, vice president and program manager of Boeing’s commercial crew program. “We’re going to go fix this problem, and we’re going to move forward,” Lueders said. “And we’re going to fly when we’re ready, Kathryn Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told media.
The plan is to disassemble as little of Starliner as possible to minimize tweaks to the current configuration. No timeline was given for when Starliner might finally get off the ground, but Stich said the OFT-2 mission will “definitely” happen after the launch of NASA’s Lucy, a space probe that will explore Jupiter’s trojan asteroids.”Boeing’s performance is in stark contrast to that of SpaceX, NASA’s other contracted taxi service. SpaceX has flown 10 astronauts to the space station in just over a year, with four more due to launch aboard the company’s Dragon capsule at the end of October.