A Nasa it’s at Boeing postponed an attempt to launch the company’s CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station, which was scheduled for Friday, after Russian cosmonauts aboard the station reported a problem with a new module that was docked at the outpost.
The launch postponement was announced by NASA, one day before Starliner’s scheduled departure from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on top of a Boeing Lockheed Martin Atlas V rocket.
A previous Starliner test launch in 2019, also unmanned, ended in an almost catastrophic failure to dock with the space station.
The countdown to the new test flight was suspended after cosmonauts at the space station informed Moscow mission control of difficulties with the newly arrived module Nauka, after docking with a laboratory in orbit hours earlier.
“NASA and Boeing have decided to back off Friday’s launch and Test-2 orbital flight mission attempt,” NASA said in a statement, adding that the teams are evaluating the next possible launch opportunity.