Russia is Ready to Help the United States with the Repair of the Starliner Ship
OREANDA-NEWS. The head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin instructed the staff of the Keldysh Center (part of the state corporation) to be ready to help colleagues from NASA and Boeing deal with the Starliner ship malfunctions, a source in the rocket and space industry told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
"Rogozin instructed the Keldysh Center to be ready to provide American partners in NASA and Boeing with the necessary assistance in case of their appeal," the agency's source said.
Earlier, another source of RIA Novosti reported that NASA informed Russian colleagues about the reasons for the postponement of the launch of the Boeing Starliner spacecraft - these are malfunctions with valves in low-thrust engines, which are used for maneuvering in orbit. How long it will take to repair is unknown.
On July 29, NASA postponed the launch of the spacecraft, which was planned for the 30th, linking it with the need for the ISS crew to deal with the Nauka module that had arrived on the ISS, whose engines unexpectedly turned on a few hours after docking. Later, the launch of Starliner was again postponed - now for technical reasons.
These are not the first problems of the ship from Boeing. During the first test flight in December 2019, due to a malfunction of the onboard clock, he was unable to enter the specified orbit and returned to Earth.