Boeing’s starlinerDate: 05 August 2021 Tags: Space
The launch of uncrewed Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) of Boeing has been postponed once again.
The spacecraft was supposed to be launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) is the given name for the spacecraft. It will be a test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) and part of Commercial Crew Program of NASA.
The spacecraft will take about 24 hrs to reach the ISS. It will carry about 400 pounds of NASA cargo and also crew supplies.
A maximum of seven passengers can be accommodated on the spacecraft. There can also be a combination of cargo and passengers.
The starliner module is reusable for upto 10 times. It will require a turnaround time of six months to be mission ready.
The spacecraft contains modern features such as internet and also wireless tablets for the passengers.
The test flight will help in understanding if the spacecraft can be used for future NASA missions including human space flights.
Commercial Crew Program
NASA has launched the Commercial Crew Program to make access to space easier and less costly for transporting crew and cargo to ISS.
NASA will encourage private companies to design spacecrafts and rent them for their missions. It will allow NASA to focus on its core study of deep space.
Apart from Boeing, companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are vying hard for space business with official agencies.