Impeccable takeoff and flight path, so far “nominal”, according to the qualifier used in the space industry, for the Boeing Starliner capsule.
This time, the American giant is there.
The spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) to which it was to dock at 1:10 a.m. on the night of Friday May 20, after being launched from Cape Canaveral (Florida) by an Atlas V rocket. On the day and at the scheduled time.
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In a week, Starliner will have to separate from the ISS and return to land on one of the five terrestrial landing sites selected in the United States by Boeing.
It is only once this journey is completed that the American group will be able to celebrate its success.
Because this empty test flight must make it possible to test the systems and to ensure that the capsule is safe before the third test flight, this time with two astronauts on board, at the end of 2022.
This second flight comes after two bitter failures.
At the end of 2019, Boeing made a fool of itself, Starliner…
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