On Thursday, Boeing’s crew capsule rocketed into orbit on a repeat test flight without astronauts. This happened after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft. There was only a test dummy aboard.
If everything goes well, the capsule will reach the International Space Station on Friday. Two or three NASA test pilots could be aboard the craft by the end of this year or early 2023. This is Boeing’s third shot at a high-stakes flight demo.
The spacecraft made it to the proper orbit and headed to the space station despite the failure of a pair of thrusters. The Starliner;s first test flight was in 2019 but was accompanied by severe software errores. The capsule actually ended up in the wrong orbit and had to skip the space station.
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