Two new helium leaks have been discovered aboard the Boeing Starliner spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station

Two new helium leaks have been discovered aboard the Boeing Starliner spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station

The first leak was discovered on Wednesday, before the mission launched.

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The Starliner spacecraft lifts off on June 5, 2024 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States.  (Miguel J. Rodriguez Carrillo/AFP)

NASA said on Thursday, June 6, that two new helium leaks, in addition to a previously known leak, were discovered during the flight aboard Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, ensuring that the spacecraft… “Stay still”. This comes as the spacecraft is scheduled to carry two NASA astronauts and dock with the International Space Station on Thursday.

The Starliner now has three leaks of helium, the gas of which is used in the ship's propulsion system. One of them was identified before the takeoff of this years-awaited mission, which took place on Wednesday from Florida. It was decided not to repair the first helium leak found on one of the ship's engines, which Naya described as “small” It was considered that he did not pose any danger. The other two leaks are “News since the ship reached orbit”NASA said on the X website. “Two damaged helium valves have been closed.”

NASA clarified on Thursday morning that those responsible for the mission have met and given the green light for the spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station (ISS), which is still scheduled to take place at 6:15 pm (Paris time). “They checked the condition of the car and are continuing to monitor.” She added that the rate of leaks.

Boeing must prove during this test flight that the Starliner is safe to begin regular operations. The empty spaceship has already reached the International Space Station once in 2022, but this is the first time it has carried astronauts. Butch Wilmore, 61, and Sonny Williams, 58, have both gone to the International Space Station twice in the past and have been training for several years for this mission.

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