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NASA set for Boeing's Starliner uncrewed space capsule test

NASA set for Boeing's Starliner uncrewed space capsule test

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NASA astronauts and officials on Wednesday said Boeing Co's Starliner space capsule is ready for its uncrewed launch this week to the International Space Station,

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, a long-delayed test mission meant to demonstrate the aerospace giant can safely fly humans in space.

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Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule, a gumdrop-shaped astronaut pod, has experienced multiple setbacks in recent years.

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Software failures in 2019 nixed its debut attempt to dock at the space station. Fuel valve issues last year added nine months of further delays.

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Last year's valve issues led Boeing to come up with temporary fixes for this week's mission, company officials said on Tuesday, adding that longer-term fixes will be implemented after the mission.

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The issues have triggered conflict with one of Boeing's key suppliers for Starliner, Reuters reported last week.

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