CHICAGO (CBS) — NASA and Chicago-based Boeing are counting down to a high stakes test flight of Boeing’s new Starliner spaceship.
It’s a do-over following a launch 18 months ago that was derailed by software problems. For Tuesday’s launch, Boeing has to prove its Starliner can fly safely to and from the International Space Station before astronauts are cleared for future trips.READ MORE: From Hotels To Retailers, Staffing Shortage Crisis Persists In Chicago -- And It's Affecting Customers
The pressure is on the plane maker, one of two companies awarded multi-billion dollar contracts by NASA in 2014 to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.
The other company, SpaceX, has already flown 10 astronauts on three flights over the last year.
We're standing down from today's #Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 launch.READ MORE: Labor Shortage Blamed For Lack Of Headstone On Woman's Grave 8 Months After Her Death
During pre-launch preparations, our engineers detected unexpected valve position indications in the propulsion system.
— Boeing Space (@BoeingSpace) August 3, 2021MORE NEWS: City Leaders Hope New Campaign Will Boost Vaccination Rate, But Health Professionals Say It Will Take Time