Starliner lands successfully (science news).

December 22, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More

The CST-100 Starliner spacecraft completed the first land touchdown of a human-rated capsule this Sunday at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico, wrapping up the company’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Starliner settled gently onto its airbags in a pre-dawn landing. The landing followed a deorbit burn, separation of the spacecraft’s service module, and successful deployment of its three main parachutes and six airbags.

“Congratulations to the NASA and Boeing teams on a bullseye landing of the Starliner. The hardest parts of this orbital flight test were successful,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This is why we conduct these tests, to learn and improve our systems. The information gained from this first mission of Starliner will be critical in our efforts to strengthen NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and return America’s human spaceflight capability.”

The Starliner that landed today will be refurbished for Boeing’s first operational crewed mission, following the Crew Flight Test. NASA astronaut Suni Williams, who will fly on that mission, dubbed the spacecraft “Calypso” after the ship of famed explorer Jacques Cousteau.

“I love what the ocean means to this planet,” said Williams. “We would not be this planet without the ocean. There’s so much to discover in the ocean, and there’s so much to discover in space.”

Starliner lands successfully (science news).

Starliner lands successfully (science news).

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  1. Phillip G C House says:

    Success Success haha it failed to complete its mission, if it had completed its mission to the ISS and then the airbags had failed to deploy would this have still been a “Success”. Computer failure? what happened to the backup systems, not enough fail safes. Complacency and O-rings 2 words that bring to mind tragic failure, they should stop racing the other companies, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have to be 100 times better at completing their goals missions than NASA or Boeing who are supposed to have the knowledge and experience of many years of learning and building, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are learning from NASA and Boeing’s failures.

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