Boeing docked a spacecraft to the ISS for the first time. Now you can send astronauts

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The Boeing Starliner spacecraft docked with the International Space Station for the first time. The CST-100 Starliner was created for NASA’s manned commercial flight program. Like the SpaceX Crew Dragon, it is designed to send astronauts to the ISS. The ship can accommodate up to seven crew members, and its capsule can be used multiple times.

The successful docking of a Starliner with an uncrewed station is Boeing’s second attempt. The first was undertaken in 2019, when the ship was unable to enter the desired orbit due to a software problem. An error in timing caused the ship’s engines to run too long and use up a lot of fuel. Starliner has returned to Earth.

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A second test flight was scheduled to take place last year but was delayed by NASA due to a problem with a check valve. After a successful docking to the Harmony module, the astronauts at the station opened the ship’s hatch to unload and check the main systems. At this time, ground controllers evaluate flight data.

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Starliner will remain on the space station tentatively until May 25. Now there are six ships on the ISS at the same time: Starliner, Crew Dragon and Soyuz, as well as cargo Cygnus and two Progress. The first test flight with astronauts may take place at the end of 2022.

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