Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule take off is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3 at 7.20 p.m. The spacecraft, which is finally ready for its second test flight without passengers, will eventually be responsible for transporting astronauts to to the International Space Station.
The American company Boeing is preparing to carry out a new demonstration mission of its capsule CST-100 Starliner. It will be launched for the second time tonight, in Florida, from 19 h 20 (Paris time). The goal: to show how it can transport crews to and from the International Space Station (ISS). This will be his second test flight, carried out without anyone on board. The live broadcast can be found at the bottom of the article.
Watch the Starliner take off live here
This is not the first time that Starliner has attempted a suborbital flight (Boe-OFT for Boeing-Orbital Flight Test) since a first unmanned test had been carried out on December 20, 2019. The capsule had unfortunately failed to get into the correct orbit following a failure of the on-board computer.
Shortly after this partial failure, Boeing had planned to perform a second flight without a crew. It will therefore take place this evening, Tuesday August 3, 2021, at 7:20 p.m. On occasion, NASA has drawn up a list of no less than 80 modifications. The objective remains the same: to dock with the International Space Station before returning to Earth.
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These tests are carried out as part of the program Commercial Crew Development, inaugurated in 2014 by NASA. SpaceX and Boeing are the two companies selected to develop the program’s vessels, the Crew Dragon and the CST-100 Starliner, which will succeed the American space shuttle – and will also allow the United States to emerge from its dependence on the Russian Soyuz. .
In fact, SpaceX has already transported a dozen astronauts, including the French Thomas Pesquet, who recently became Commander of the ISS. Meanwhile, Boeing is trying to catch up. Despite everything, the takeoff of CST-100 Starliner will therefore take place from 7:20 p.m., Tuesday August 3, if everything goes as planned. The live is to be found just below, in video. The live will begin around 6:30 p.m.