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Boeing Starliner Will Launch or Fail on May 19, 2022

Boeing Starliner Will Launch or Fail on May 19, 2022

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A couple of years ago, space enthusiasts were hyped about the possibility of two new spacecraft serving the needs of American astronauts.

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Developed and tested at about the same time, the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing Starliner should have become a duo for the history books.

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As it stands, only one of the two spaceships actually made it into service, and it’s already hard at work taking people, both certified astronauts and amateurs, to Earth’s orbit and back: the Crew Dragon.

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Boeing’s machine, on the other hand, failed miserably to deliver. When it first tried to fly in space and dock with the International Space Station (ISS)

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, in December 2019, it departed Earth, reached orbit, and got confused by its whereabouts, being unable to complete its mission.

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Boeing had another go in August 2021, but this time the spaceship didn’t even leave Earth, being stopped by a malfunction of some kind with a valve.

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