The space taxis are totally ready for a launch and the American astronauts are the ones primarily set to take off from the Cape Canaveral. NASA’s requirements are what Boeing is planning to answer using the CST-100 Starliner. Despite the development issues, the propellant leak that had occurred last year, the craft is all set to take its first flight test in March. The company along with SpaceX and Crew Dragon capsule has under the NASA’s contract taken up the decision to transport astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station (ISS).
The company created the CST-100 Starliner for helping ferry the astronauts to and from the ISS and the Earth. However, starting the flight the unmanned test flight needs to be performed so as to check if the flying is safe and also that the landing on to the ISS is accurate. The ISS all ready to invite the Starliner and the astronauts have also fixed high-resolution cameras on to the docking equipment in order to help dock the visiting spacecraft accurately. The spacecraft alignment when approaching the ISS is a must as the correct docking can help avoid the damaging of any sensitive tool present nearby. It has not yet been tested in the space but the scientists are affirmed about its success as it has already cleared the parachute drop tests. The craft’s structure and heat shield protecting it from the atmospheric temperature or pressure stayed in place after the test.
As the test flight was a success with no issues, then a crew of astronauts can be boarded on to the Starliner that will be taking off in August of this year. The mission has been named Orbital Flight Test and will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as it has been the site of some of the past famous launches like the Apollo program and the Gemini missions. The human cargo will be traveling for the first time from the US soil after the space program was shut down in 2011. Boeing and SpaceX will be the first private companies to launch humans to the space station. The Andøya Space Center is set to skyrocket the 4-stage Black Brant XII with the CAPER-2 mission attached in order to reach a 480 miles high apogee of the dynamic aurora borealis or northern lights before diving into the Arctic Sea in order to learn the waves speeding the electrons in the atmosphere.