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Report: Boeing to Refly Starliner Spacecraft for NASA

By | April 7, 2020

Boeing, NASA, and U.S. Army personnel work around the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft after it landed on Dec. 22, 2019. Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Boeing has agreed to repeat the test flight of its Starliner space capsule, a decision that sets its crewed space ambitions back by months and makes it likely SpaceX will win the race to return NASA’s astronauts to space from United States soil.

The announcement comes after the initial flight late last year was marred by software glitches that prevented the capsule from reaching the International Space Station.

The repeat flight likely will occur sometime in October or November, meaning the company probably won’t fly a mission with astronauts on board this year, according to a person familiar with the plans but not authorized to speak publicly. SpaceX is scheduled to make the first crewed flight of its Dragon capsule next month.

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