Updates: 08.05.2021 10:32
Published: 08.05.2021, 10:32
WASHINGTON – US company Boeing plans to repeat the test flight of its spacecraft CST-100 Starliner by the end of July, which will carry crews to the International Space Station (ISS) in the future. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reported the incident on its website. The first test flight of the Starliner, which was expected to land on ISS, failed in December 2019.
NASA on the Internet, along with Boeing, recently successfully simulated Starliner’s planned five-day test mission with an ISS connection and a return to Earth. Earlier this year, the U.S. space agency built a temporary aircraft on March 25, but a careful investigation required an adjournment. Now they plan to launch on Boeing on Friday 30 July at 20:53 CEST.
Like the first test, it will be an unmanned aircraft. The purpose of the experiment was to transport the cargo to orbit and land it on Earth within a week. NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore and Michael Finke observed the work being simulated on monitors to be installed on Starliner. Together with his colleague Nicole Mann, they are to form the crew of the ship’s first pilot test, the date of which has not yet been set.
During the first test, the Atlas V rocket was launched on December 20, 2019 with a Starliner from Cape Canaveral, Florida. However, the ship was unable to enter its designated orbit and was unable to access the International Space Station. Two days later, he landed successfully in the New Mexico desert. The failure, according to the company, was caused by software bugs.
The astronauts from the United States were commercially recruited by ISS. NASA signed agreements in 2014 with Boeing and SpaceX, businessman and astronaut Elon Musk, as part of a plan to take over. Unlike Boeing, SpaceX successfully completed all drones and test flights with its crew Dragon (in March 2019) and its crew (last summer). The first full-scale commercial aircraft, during which Crew Dragon Endeavor carried a four-member crew to ISS in November, successfully returned to Earth on Sunday, May 2nd. Earlier, on April 24, the second ship, the Crew Dragon, landed at the station with four astronauts in tow.
Thanks to the crew dragon, the United States was freed from the nine years of relying on Russian Soyuz ships to transport its astronauts into orbit. In addition to Boeing’s Starliner, American freedom in space travel should soon be guaranteed by Orion ships, which are being manufactured for NASA by the American company Lockheed Martin and the European Airbus.
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