This is the third attempt by a US multinational after the first two failed for the program to destroy Elon Musk’s SpaceX as the only American option to transport astronauts.
Boeing and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plan to launch the Starliner space capsule on Thursday with the International Space Station (ISS). This is the third multinational launch of a US multinational, which has ruined the company after the first two shows failed, with news agency Bloomberg reporting that it was the only American option to ship Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
“Starliner is in orbit, heading to the ISS,” said Josh Barrett, Boeing Launch anchor on the NASA webcast. Although it was not a manned mission, the capsule did not fly into orbit and carried a research maneuver called Rosie the Rocketeer, carrying 500 pounds of cargo to collect data on crew cabin conditions during the voyage and deliver it to space station personnel.
Here’s what you need to know about the launch
> The CST-100 Starliner detonated from the US Space Force Station at Cape Canaveral, Florida shortly before 7 pm EDT (4.30 am IST).
> The capsule was mounting on an Atlas V rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance (ULA). ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
> About half an hour after the lift-off, the Starliner capsule reached its intended primary orbit after the detachment from the upper-level Atlas V rocket and jumped in its own direction to meet with the space station.
> If everything goes according to plan, the capsule will gradually orbit on its way to the space station, arriving in about 24 hours on a Friday evening to dock with a research outpost of about 400 kilometers around the earth, news agency Reuters reported.
> The capsule spends four to five days attached to the space station and then back to Earth.
(Bloomberg, with input from Reuters)