Boeing sees second Starliner test flight for NASA by early 2021 – HT Tech


Boeing Co. said it will try again before the end of January to fly its Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station on an unmanned test trip.

After the first Starliner test flight fizzled and Elon Musk’s SpaceX raced ahead to deliver astronauts to the station this year, the pressure has intensified on Boeing to get its spaceship program back on track. If all goes well with its second uncrewed test, Boeing will load NASA astronauts aboard its CST-100 Starliner for a demonstration flight in mid-2021, the company said Tuesday.

The Starliner would then be ready for its first operational flight ferrying crew to the space station by the end of next year, Boeing said, citing “excellent progress” on work for the second test flight.

Boeing’s first Starliner flight in December was marred by two critical software glitches that curtailed the demonstration to only 48 hours. The craft was una

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