Boeing space capsule: “Starliner” reaches the ISS for the first time

Status: 05/21/2022 08:37

The crisis-ridden Boeing space capsule “Starliner” traveled to the International Space Station ISS for the first time. She landed at night. Previous attempts had failed.

After taking off from Cape Canaveral Spaceport, Boeing’s “Starliner” arrived at the ISS for the first time. After a day of flight, the unmanned spacecraft docked with humanity’s outpost about 400 kilometers above the earth.

The important test for the “Starliner” in crisis has so far passed. The project is over two years behind schedule due to a number of issues.

The project is way behind schedule

The Boeing spacecraft is intended to carry astronauts to the ISS in the future as an alternative to SpaceX’s “Crew Dragon” space capsule. It should have happened a long time ago, but during a first test in December 2019, the spacecraft did not reach the ISS – partly due to a problem with the automatic ignition of the engines.

The mission was postponed several times last year – then the “Starliner” finally had to return to the workshop completely due to valve problems.

NASA speaks of a “milestone”

NASA had described the start as a “milestone”. On board are more than 300 kilograms of cargo, including supplies for the ISS crew. The “Starliner” is a semi-reusable spacecraft consisting of a crew capsule and a rocket-launched service module. Once approved for human transport, it can carry up to four crew members to the ISS.

Docked! The “Starliner” has arrived at the ISS

Torsten Teichmann, ARD Washington, May 21, 2022 06:57

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