NASA sets June 1 for crewed Starliner flight despite ongoing Helium leak

Washington, May 25 (UNI) NASA has worked through the latest problems that have repeatedly postponed the first crewed flight of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station (ISS) and has now set June 1 as the next date for its planned launch, the space agency said on Friday.

“The agency is working toward a launch at 12:25 pm, Saturday, June 1, for the first crewed flight of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program,” NASA said in a statement.

NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) engineers and technicians have contained and are monitoring a helium leak on a service module on the Starliner after replacing a valve and it poses no significant risk.

Boeing Vice President Mark Nappi said the company can manage the leak so it is not really a safety flight issue.

Other launch opportunities are available on Sunday, June 2; Wednesday, June 5; and Thursday, June 6, according to NASA.

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