See Boeing’s 5-day spacecraft test in 140 seconds

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft made a parachute-assisted landing at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on Wednesday, May 25.

The landing marked the end of a successful unmanned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and came nearly 18 months after its first test flight failed.

To celebrate the safe return home of its spacecraft after five days in orbit, Boeing shared a short video (below) that captures key moments from the OFT-2 mission.

On May 19, #Starlinerlaunch started #OFT2. After 5 days attached to @Spacial stationStarliner landed safely on May 25. This test gave Expedition 67, @POT and our equipment carries vital data and cargo for future commercial space exploration. See the mission from launch to landing.

– Boeing Space (@BoeingSpace) May 26, 2022

The 240-second video includes highlights such as Starliner’s launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida aboard a ULA Atlas V rocket, the spacecraft’s docking and departure from the ISS, and its journey home. We also get a glimpse of Rosie, the sensor-laden dummy that flew aboard the Starliner to help engineers learn more about conditions inside the capsule during spaceflight, at the 72-second mark.

“We’ve had an excellent flight test of a complex system that we hoped to learn from along the way and we have,” said Mark Nappi, vice president and manager of Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program. “Thank you to the teammates at NASA and Boeing who have put so much of themselves into Starliner.”

The mission was designed to demonstrate the quality and performance of Boeing’s transportation system and should pave the way for Starliner’s first manned test flight later this year.

Once fully certified, NASA will be able to use the Starliner in conjunction with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule for astronaut flights to and from the ISS.

Boeing’s first attempt to send the Starliner to the ISS failed in 2019 when the spacecraft failed to reach the correct orbit. The failed mission was blamed on a series of software problems that Boeing and NASA worked to correct. But a second launch attempt in August 2021 was canceled after several technical problems arose shortly before launch.

The Starliner’s previous problems meant OFT-2 was a high-risk mission, so it’s safe to say that Boeing and NASA will be greatly relieved that, this time, everything, or almost everything, seemed to go according to plan.

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