Years after SpaceX, Boeing’s Starliner capsule reaches the ISS for the first time

Since this incident, Boeing has been struggling to catch up with SpaceX, which is new to the aerospace sector in comparison. However, SpaceX has already been transporting astronauts for NASA since 2020, after successful qualification flights of its own capsule, Dragon.

This mission of Boeing finally successful from start to finish would restore a little the image of the aeronautical giant, after repeated setbacks in recent years. In 2019, the capsule could not be placed in the correct orbit due to a clock problem. Boeing then realized that other software problems had almost caused a serious flight anomaly.

Then, in 2021, when the rocket was already on the launch pad to attempt the flight again, a humidity problem caused a chemical reaction that blocked the opening of certain valves in the capsule. She had had to return to the factory for inspection for ten months.

Following this vacuum test, a second should be carried out for the spacecraft to obtain NASA approval, this time with astronauts on board. The timing will depend on how Starliner performs this week, but Boeing plans to fly it by the end of the year.

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