Boeing and NASA launch first crewed Starliner mission in 2021


Boeing on Tuesday announced plans to redo its Starliner unmanned crew capsule flight test to the International Space Station (ISS) in December or January, depending on when it completes the development of software production and test material.If the test mission is successful, Boeing and NASA will conduct Starliner’s first crewed mission in the summer of 2021, with a post-certification mission slated for roughly the following winter, the company added.

Boeing is eager to try another chance to prove its crew capsule after technical failures put the aerospace giant behind Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX, which successfully fired its rival crew capsule from the ISS earlier this month.

During Boeing’s first unmanned test, in December 2019, a series of software glitches and an issue with the spacecraft’s automated timer prevented Starliner from docking at the space station and returning to Earth a week earlier.

In February, a NASA safety review board found that Boeing narrowly missed a “catastrophic failure” in the botched test, and recommended reviewing the company’s software verification process before proceeding. let him fly humans in space.

Earlier this month, Boeing side-watched SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splash into the Gulf of Mexico after a two-month trip to the International Space Station – NASA’s first manned mission from national soil in nine. years.

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