Cancellation of the OFT-2 mission

09/10/2021
Credit: Joel Kowsky/NASA
Credit: Joel Kowsky/NASA

Breaking news! After a lot of waiting, canceled flights, and many other problems, when I finally thought that Boeing will launch with NASA Boeing Starliner, OFT-2, comes the sad news. Boeing has announced that this mission will not be launched this year and will be a mistress for next year, most likely in the middle of the year.

So far, 13 valve problems have been detected (they were blocked). The OFT-2 mission is to be launched unmanned to the ISS (International Space Station) on August 3. It didn't work, so it was canceled in August, later, then comes September and now in October, we find out that it will not rise from the ground this year.

Both NASA and Boeing reported that their teams are working hard around the clock to fix the problems, as NASA said: "Potential launch windows for OFT-2 continue to be evaluated by NASA, Boeing, United Launch Alliance and Eastern Range. The team is currently working on opportunities in the first half of 2022 pending the preparation of the hardware, the rocket manifesto, and the availability of the space station ". In addition, it is seen that Boeing is working and is admired by NASA with a message: "Boeing has identified the most likely cause of interactions with oxidant and moisture and, although some checks remain in place, our confidence is high enough so that we can start corrective and preventive actions ".

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NASA wants that after the test periods of the mission, to be able to transport with these missions, astronauts to and from the ISS (International Space Station). NASA wants to work with Boeing (space) and SpaceX on these missions. So far, only SpaceX has completed some missions: Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon capsule this year, plus this year, Elon Musk's company will have another mission on October 30, 2021. 

OFT-2 is a very important mission for NASA, the first flight having in 2019 (it circled the Earth three times and returned, without any success) and since then various problems have occurred, the pandemic and many others, we arrived in August 2021, then now in October 2021 and we still have to wait for approx. one year.

We wish success to Boeing, NASA, and SpaceX for future missions.

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen

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