Boeing Starliner Test Successful

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Despite SpaceX’s Claims that They’re Years Ahead, Boeing Says Starliner Could Carry Astronauts Next Year.

Today Boeing successfully pulled off a pad abort test for their Starliner crew capsule. The successful test comes just one week after SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell was talking all kinds of smack about the competition. While it’s true that Starliner has yet to actually fly to and dock with the International Space Station, Boeing says that will happen next month, and that its first crewed mission could happen next year. That will make NASA very happy.

Today’s test was critical to ensure that should something go wrong during liftoff, the crew and capsule will be able to safely detach from the capsule and return to Earth unharmed. Boeing engineers designed the capsule to accelerate to 650 mph in just five seconds. Those design specs will help the capsule make a clean escape from a faulty rocket.

Boeing is on Track

Boeing officials beamed with delight at the successful test. Jessica Landa, a spokesperson for Boeing spoke during a live broadcast. “That was phenomenal,” she said. “Initial indication is we’ve had a very successful pad abort test today.”

The three astronauts who will crew the Starliner also watched the test. Boeing’s Chris Ferguson, and NASA’s Nicole Mann, and Mike Fincke are all too excited to get up there.
“It’s starting to feel really close, it’s amazing, especially being here for the test,” Mann said. “Big milestones like the test today are just showing that we’re getting a lot closer.”

NASA Can’t Wait

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon should also be ready to fly next year, which is good news for NASA. Presently the agency pays Russia upwards of $80 billion each time we send a crew to the ISS. The current contract for that arrangement ends next year.

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Brandon Humphreys

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