Boeing’s unmanned Starliner spacecraft has successfully docked at the International Space Station. The Starliner departed from the Cape Canaveral launch site on Thursday and docked at the space station about 26 hours later, at 2:28 a.m. Dutch time and about an hour later than planned.
This is a test flight that will be conducted without passengers. The goal is to prove that the capsule is safe enough for a manned flight. The Starliner has a payload of over 300 kilograms, including supplies for the International Space Station’s crew.
The successful flight is an important step for Boeing, which had failed two previous attempts. The first crewed flight of the Starliner will likely follow towards the end of this year or early next.
In 2021, it is planned to launch Starliner It has been postponed due to technical issues† In 2019, Boeing successfully took off the plane, but due to software problems, the Starliner was unable to reach the International Space Station and had to return to Earth after 48 hours in space.
Like Elon Musk’s SpaceX competitor, Boeing has a contract with NASA to transport crews and supplies to the International Space Station. SpaceX has successfully completed four of these missions.
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