More than 18 months after Failed first attempt To reach the International Space Station, Boeing’s Starliner is ready for its second imaging. distance Flight preparation reviewNASA is moving forward with an unmanned orbital flight test of the craft on July 30. Unless there is an unexpected delay, the capsule will lift off from Space Force’s Cape Canaveral station on an Atlas V rocket at 2:53 p.m. ET. If NASA postpones the flight, it will try again to conduct the test on August 3 at the earliest.
The purpose of the flight is for NASA to conduct a comprehensive test of the Starliner’s capabilities. She wants to see if the capsule can handle every aspect of the flight to the International Space Station, including launch and docking as well as re-entry. “[Orbital Flight Test-2] It will provide valuable data that will help NASA certify the Boeing Crew Transportation System to transport astronauts to and from the space station,” the agency said.
If the flight is successful, NASA will move forward with testing the Starliner crew. That could happen “later this year,” said Steve Stitch, director of the Commercial Crew Program at NASA. Both Boeing and NASA have invested a lot in the viability of the Starliner. For the airline, its decision not to do so End-to-end action Testing the plane before its failed 2019 flight left the agency “surprised,” which led to questions about the project. Meanwhile, NASA is keen to have two capsules that can transport its astronauts to the International Space Station. For now, it’s limited to SpaceX only Dragon Crew. “It is very important for the commercial crew program to have two space transportation systems,” Stitch told reporters.
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