Next Boeing Space launch this week It will give him a chance to prove that he can still perform great tasks.
On Friday, the space giant is set to once again launch its Starliner space capsule without a crew on board, after a year and a half. Program error Previous attempt failed to dock with the International Space Station and culminated in a series of Boeing failures.
Officials said the National Aeronautics and Space Administration needed another way to transport astronauts and cargo to the space station. NASA currently relies on Russian rockets and Elon Musk’s space exploration technology company, or SpaceX, which beat Boeing in the race to get astronauts into space on a commercially owned and operated capsule.
“It is critical that we have a successful flight,” said John Vollmer, Boeing CEO who took over the Starliner program after the previous launch.
A planned Boeing test flight will carry cargo but not astronauts. NASA officials and Mr. Vollmer said Boeing and the space agency have subjected the Starliner’s return to rigorous reviews aimed at ensuring the spacecraft’s program is working properly with its hardware. they said And their new preparations included The so-called comprehensive testing, which is a complete simulation task and a Boeing contractor review of the company’s work.