Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is ready for its second test launch after 18 months of its first failed attempt at the International Space Station. According to reviews, NASA has announced that it intends to make the second unmanned test launch of the spacecraft on August 8th. If there is no problem, the capsule will be launched from the Cape Canaveral space base with the Atlas Five rocket. If there is a problem before launch, NASA will postpone this launch to August 12 at best.
This launch is important for NASA to test Starliner capabilities. NASA also plans to test its tolerance under all the harsh conditions of a space station trip. The difficult conditions of this trip include connecting to the station and returning to the Earth’s atmosphere. The second orbital test provides valuable information that will help NASA validate Boeing’s manned transportation system. Once approved, the Starliner spacecraft could be used to transport astronauts between the space station and Earth.
If successful, NASA will launch the next multi-passenger test launch. According to NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Manager, such a launch could happen soon, possibly later this year. NASA and Boeing have spent a lot of money on the Starliner project. However, Boeing did not launch a test launch before the first Starliner flight failed. This surprised NASA and called the project into question.
Despite all these problems, NASA is eager to have two capsules to transport its astronauts to the space station. Currently, the only capsule that takes astronauts to the space station is SpaceX’s Cro Dragon.