James Morhard who is deputy administrator for NASA said, both that the two groups, NASA and Boeing are prepared to illustrate the strength of the CST-100 starliner spacecraft load of a human-rated atlas 5 rocket. this will be the first test of the new crew-capable system to global space.
Both SpaceX and Boeing are part of the NASA Commercial Crew Program, which aims to bring astronaut launches back to United States soil for the first time since the end of the space shuttle era in 2011.
Boeing's Starliner passenger spacecraft launched smoothly on Friday. NASA has projected that the Starliner and Crew Dragon spaceships will conduct their first flights to the ISS in 2020. "But here we are right on the threshold of getting ready to do it". Once on the ground, teams will be better able to figure out what happened on board the spacecraft with the Mission Elapsed Timer (MET) error.
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If the orbital demo goes well, the first Starliner crew could be rocketing to the space station by summer. But difficulties arose with the thrusters created to propel the capsule's orbit to the proper altitude.
Starliner's orbital flight test is in day two, and NASA said flight controllers and engineering teams worked through the night and into Saturday morning, "accomplishing numerous flight test objectives planned for the mission".
The latest update is that Boeing has been able to at least partially correct Starliner's trajectory in space. Musk's company and Boeing expect to fly astronauts for the first time next year.
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This was a trial mission, with no one on board except a spacesuit-wearing mannequin called Rosie strapped to one of the seats. "We have no safety problems". The capsule had its first test flight, which is a critical trial run for its primary launch with astronauts, scheduled to take place next year. Since then, NASA has relied on Russian Spacecraft to hook rides to the space station.
Friday's problem was the latest in a series of delays that have plagued efforts to restore USA space flight and it was unclear what impact it would have.
Starliner by the Boeing Company is the second of the new systems that the American space agency (Nasa) hopes to restore independent human access to low-Earth orbit.
NASA and Boeing will provide live coverage of the landing on Sunday, Dec. 22, of the companys CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, on return from its Orbital Flight Test for NASAsCommercial Crew Program. They'll also carefully study the spacecraft's landing in New Mexico. As a result, the capsule orbited in a position, which is incompatible with the orbit of the International Space Station.
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