Boeing Astronaut Capsule Test Flight Delayed, New Launch Date Set For No Earlier Than December 19

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New launch date: No earlier than Dec. 19

Boeing’s first launch of its astronaut spacecraft will shift by at least two days to Dec. 19, officials with the company said. (WKMG image)

(WKMG ) – Boeing’s first launch of its astronaut spacecraft will shift by at least two days to Dec. 19, officials with the company said. 

The CST-100 Starliner spacecraft was originally scheduled to launch Dec. 17 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral but officials with ULA said an issue with the rocket will push liftoff by two days.

“Both the rocket and the spacecraft are healthy and moving through standard pre-launch processing,” Boeing officials said in a tweet.

The new launch time is 6:59 a.m. on Dec. 19, according to Boeing.

While crews were preparing the Atlas V rocket for launch, they discovered an issue with the rocket’s purge air supply duct, according to ULA.

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