NASA reassigns two astronauts to SpaceX mission after Starliner delay

Boeing has yet to connect the Starliner capsule  to the International Space Station.

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The NASA  has redeployed two astronauts would fly in the capsule Starliner  of Boeing , flying soon with SpaceX .

Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada will now fly into space with SpaceX’s Crew-5 mission , which is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2020.

Mann and Cassada had been training in the CST-100 capsule Starliner for Boeing: Mann in preparation for the first test flight crew of the spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory and Cassada for the first operational mission Starliner.

However, the capsule still has not sent its unmanned mission to the International Space Station after two failed attempts, so the space agency has seen fit better to send them aboard a Crew Dragon capsule .

Problems with the Starliner

Boeing, in December 2019, suffered several failures that prevented the Starliner capsule from docking with the International Space Station.

The company had planned to launch a second attempt , called Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2), in late July this year, but discovered a problem with some valves in the Starliner propulsion system The valve problem remains unsolved, and OFT-2 may end up being delayed until 2022, NASA officials said .

Meanwhile, SpaceX has already launched a crewed test mission and two operational flights to the orbiting laboratory with its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule , and the company is preparing for takeoff for its third contracted flight, Crew-3. , at the end of this month.