May 9, 2024 - Technology

Starliner launch rescheduled

Boeing's Starliner atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 5. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Boeing's Starliner atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 5. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Boeing Starliner's first crewed mission to the International Space Station is now set for late next week after a scrubbed attempt this past Monday.

Why it matters: A successful mission would allow Boeing to begin competing with SpaceX in shuttling people to and from the space station.

Catch up quick: The mission had been planned for May 6, but it was postponed after a technical issue.

  • The problem was not related to the Starliner but to the United Launch Alliance rocket it rides into space.

What's next: Boeing and NASA are now planning to try again on May 17.

The big picture: Starliner's first crewed flight has been delayed for years amid technical issues requiring additional uncrewed tests.

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