Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will launch on its first crewed mission no sooner than July 21, NASA announced during a press conference on Wednesday, March 29.

Before docking with the International Space Station, Starliner will take off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

“During the certification procedure, we had no problems. When questioned whether teams from the space agency and Boeing encountered any difficulties during the certification process, Mark Nappi responded, “It took us longer to get the product (Starliner) to NASA and it is taking them a long time to review the product with us. Nappi works for Boeing as a vice president and the CST-100 Starliner programme chief.

According to Joel Montalbano, manager of NASA’s International Space Station program, if that occurs, NASA intends to have one Boeing, one SpaceX, and two Soyuz launches to the space station each year.

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