Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft today successfully landed in New Mexico (USA) at 1:49 Moscow time. The flight of a manned module without a crew as part of the Orbital Flight Test-2 mission took place to implement NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
The parachute lander successfully landed on six special airbags. According to NASA, the data obtained during the test flight will contribute to the certification of the ship of a private company by government regulators for the safe transportation of people.
The launch of the ship to the ISS took place on May 20 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. These rockets with Russian RD-180 engines will serve to deliver the Boeing CST-100 Starliner into space until approximately 2030. On May 21, the ship docked to the ISS in automatic mode.
The first attempt to conduct a test flight was made by Boeing back in 2019, but then the device could not reach a given orbit due to software problems. Now everything as a whole went smoothly, but the developers will have to solve some nuances.
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