American Aircraft Manufacturer Boeing has announced to conduct another unmanned test flight to demonstrate the Starliner spacecraft after its first attempt got failed to reach the International Space Station.
Boeing said in its statement, the flight will conducted in October or November this year.
However, SpaceX, has recently assured NASA that it will still conduct its first manned flight in May.
Furthermore if this happens, Space X will be ferrying astronauts to the ISS before Boeing can.
The Boeing Statement read as;
“The Boeing Company is honored to be a provider for the Commercial Crew mission. We are committed to the safety of the men and women who design, build and ultimately will fly on the Starliner just as we have on every crewed mission to space. We have chosen to refly our Orbital Flight Test to demonstrate the quality of the Starliner system. Flying another uncrewed flight will allow us to complete all flight test objectives and evaluate the performance of the second Starliner vehicle at no cost to the taxpayer. We will then proceed to the tremendous responsibility and privilege of flying astronauts to the International Space Station.”
It is pertinent to mention that Starliner supposed to dock with the International Space Station in December,
However, it didn’t reach the correct orbit.
NASA Team and Boeing management later investigated the incident and found flaws in the latter’s testing procedure that caused the failure.