Boeing and NASA Delay Launch of Starliner Over Parachutes and Wiring

Officials from NASA and Boeing announced during a news conference on Thursday that the Starliner spacecraft’s first crewed flight to the International Space Station, scheduled for July 21, had been delayed.

Two NASA astronauts, Suni Williams and Butch Willmore, will have to wait months or longer for their test flight aboard the Starliner capsule. The decision came after engineers discovered two new problems with the Boeing spacecraft: an issue with its parachutes, and potentially flammable tape that covers internal wiring.

The technical issues are the latest in a series of complications that for years have prevented an astronaut from flying aboard the capsule.

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