(AP) – Boeing has delayed its first test flight of its Starliner crew capsule to the International Space Station.
The launch is now targeted for Dec. 19. NASA said Tuesday that the two-day postponement was caused by problems with ground equipment at the Florida pad.
It will be the first trip to space by a Starliner. No astronauts will be aboard. Instead, a mannequin will occupy the commander’s seat.
SpaceX conducted a similar test flight of its Dragon crew capsule in March.
The companies expect to start launching astronauts to the space station for NASA next year.