Boeing's 1st Starliner space capsule rolls out to launch site for test flight
The SpaceX Starship was undergoing pressure testing in Boca Chica, Texas, on Nov. 20. It partially exploded during testing, but no injuries were reported.
Boeing's crew capsule bound for the International Space Station took its next big step on that journey today (Nov. 21) as it moved from the company's facility out to its Florida launch site.
The CST-100 Starliner capsule is due to make its first flight, an uncrewed test mission, on Dec. 17. The spacecraft will spend its final month on Earth at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At that facility, owned by United Launch Alliance, the capsule will today be stacked on its Atlas V rocket built by ULA.
"Starliner is beautiful," NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, who will be flying on the first crewed Starliner mission, wrote on Twitter.
Boeing's first CST-100 Starliner capsule seen in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center as it began its journey on Nov. 21, 2019, to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for launch. (Image credit: NASA)
During that crewed test mission, which will be Starliner's next flight, Fincke will be joined by Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson and NASA colleague Nicole Mann. The trio was on-site for the rollout to commemorate the milestone in Starliner's journey.
The December test flight will be a critical trial for Starliner as it seeks NASA certification to fly astronauts to and from the space station. The uncrewed test flight will test each stage of a typical astronaut journey, including docking and undocking with the space station itself.Report a Typo
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