NASA will try to ship a pair of astronauts to area aboard Boeing’s Starliner plane for the first time quickly, however not immediately. As the the astronauts settled into place, officers scrubbed Monday evening’s deliberate launch try at round 8:30PM ET, as a consequence of “a faulty oxygen relief valve observation” on the ULA Atlas V rocket’s Centaur second stage. One other launch window is on the market on Tuesday evening, however it’s unclear whether or not they may have the ability to reset that rapidly.

The launch was scheduled to happen at 10:34PM ET from the Cape Canaveral House Drive Station in Florida, with a livestream accessible on NASA’s YouTube channel.

The United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket will propel the Starliner plane to area, the place it’ll keep at the ISS for one week. Whereas on board, flight commander Butch Wilmore and pilot Suni Williams will check the Starliner’s capabilities, together with launching, docking, and its eventual return to Earth.

Boeing constructed the Starliner as a part of its $4.2 billion contract with NASA, which inspires the improvement of latest spacecraft from personal firms by the company’s Business Crew Program.

If all goes nicely throughout this flight, NASA will certify Starliner, permitting it to ferry NASA astronauts between Earth and the ISS. This might make the Starliner a brand new rival for SpaceX, which has been carrying NASA astronauts to area since 2020.

Replace Might sixth: Added particulars about scrubbed Monday evening launch try.