Boeing Starliner Successfully Launched To The ISS

Abdul Ghani

The test flight of the Boeing space capsule to the ISS is intended to prove the safety of astronauts. The way there was plagued by numerous crises: Now the Starliner space capsule from Boeing has set off on a test flight. The capsule lifted off on top of an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in the US state of Florida. If everything goes as planned, Starliner will dock with the ISS after around 24 hours.

The rocket launch was broadcast live by NASA. There were no passengers on board. Because the US aviation group Boeing must first prove that the space capsule is safe. In the next step, astronauts could then fly to the ISS with Starliner.

Starliner In The Correct Orbit

According to the latest information, the Starliner capsule successfully separated from the rocket and reached the correct orbit. Boeing announced this in an update on the Starliner Mission Blog.

During the current test flight, a robot doll named Rosie is in the space capsule. It is equipped with about 15 sensors designed to collect information about movements during flight. The capsule also carries around 230 kilograms of supplies for the ISS.

Numerous Setbacks

A first attempt to dock with the ISS failed in 2019. At that time it had almost come to a catastrophe. Due to a software bug, the engines failed to ignite, which ended up putting the capsule in the wrong orbit.

A docking maneuver with the ISS did not even take place and the spacecraft had to return to earth prematurely. At least the capsule was able to touch down safely on the surface of the earth.

In another attempt in the summer of 2021, the Atlas V rocket and Starliner capsule were already ready for launch. But shortly before take-off, another problem with the valves in the propulsion system was discovered and the capsule had to be sent back to the workshop.

SpaceX And Boeing

Because of these setbacks, Boeing was overtaken by SpaceX. SpaceX's Dragon capsule already regularly brings astronauts to the ISS on behalf of NASA. However, NASA wants to diversify its means of transport so as not to run the risk of becoming dependent on Russian Soyuz capsules again.

Boeing's test flight is, therefore "a crucial step" in having two providers "who regularly transport crews," said NASA ISS program deputy director Dana Weigel.

The stakes are high for Boeing. The aviation group hopes to be able to carry out a first manned flight by the end of the year. This second demonstration mission is essential to finally gain approval from NASA.

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