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Boeing's Starliner set for 1st space mission with humans on May 6: Details

Following an unsuccessful debut uncrewed orbital flight mission in 2019, Boeing's Starliner faced the necessity of another attempt before proceeding with a crewed flight test. However, the capsule completed a repeat of the mission in 2022, instilling confidence in its readiness for crewed missions.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Published on: April 16, 2024 18:25 IST
Boeing Starliner, 1st space mission with human, may 6
Image Source : FILE Boeing's Starliner set for 1st space mission with humans on May 6

After a much longer wait, finally, the US aerospace company Boeing’s Starliner is set to launch its first crewed flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 6, 2024. The news has been confirmed by the company officials and NASA.

In preparations for the first Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission, Boeing on Tuesday transported The Starliner spacecraft to the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41, which will be attached to ULA Launch's Atlas V rocket.

“Welcome to the world, Starliner! BoeingSpace’s Starliner spacecraft for the upcoming Crew Flight Test has left the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASAKennedy ahead of roll to ulalaunch’s Vertical Integration Facility,” Boeing said in a post on X.com.

"The crewed flight test is targeting launch no earlier than 10:34 p.m. Monday, May 6 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral,” added NASA in a blog post.

The CFT aims to send NASA astronauts and test pilots Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams on a roughly 10-day mission that will demonstrate the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner system.

Boeing had signed a contract with NASA's Commercial Crew Programme to fly operational missions to and from the space station with Starliner in 2014.

However, it faced a series of setbacks.

Its debut uncrewed orbital flight mission in 2019 did not go as planned, requiring it to make another try before putting astronauts on board for the crewed flight test. The capsule, however, made a successful repeat of that mission in 2022.

Its crewed mission has also been repeatedly delayed.

If the spacecraft succeeds in its first crewed mission, Starliner will be used to carry four astronauts, or a mix of crew and cargo, for NASA missions to low Earth orbit.

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Inputs from IANS

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