Launch of the first manned Starliner ship

The US space agency NASA announced that the first manned Starliner spacecraft is scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station on Saturday. The flight of the ship, manufactured by Boeing, was canceled last May due to a malfunction in the launch vehicle.

The crewed Starliner ship is scheduled to take off at 12:25 p.m. (6:25 p.m. in Poland) from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Two NASA astronauts – Butch Wilmore and Sonny Williams – are scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday and stay there for about a week. Their goal is to test the Starliner spacecraft and its subsystems before NASA begins work on a transportation system for periodic missions.

Flights to the International Space Station

The first Starliner launch in 2019, without a crew, ended in failure because the capsule entered the wrong orbit and did not reach the International Space Station; The trip had to be repeated. A series of other technical errors were later discovered. Ten years ago, NASA commissioned Elon Musk’s private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, to develop and produce a vehicle to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Unlike Boeing, SpaceX’s Dragon ships have been successfully conducting orbital flights since 2020.

International Space Station (ISS)Maciej Zielinski, Adam Ziminovich/PAP

Main image source: PAP/EPA/NASA/Joel Koski

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