The space agency of world’s largest aerospace giant, Boeing Space, has planned to launch the first-ever, unpiloted flight named Starliner CST-100. The venture aims to carry a test drive of the flight to International space station. As per stated by John Mulholland—commercial programs vice president, Boeing—in the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS) held at New Mexico, this unpiloted capsule will start is journey on Dec. 17 towards the International Space Station as scheduled before.
According to Boeing Space, the test drive of the flight is a part of the mission, ‘Orbital Flight Test (OFT)’. As per the mission objectives, this unpiloted space capsule is prepared to get launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The flight will be installed on a rocket of type Atlas V and a dock. The flight is said to be staying for a week in the International Space Station. After completing the stay, the flight will return to the Earth by parachute-assisted safe landing. The flight will land at the New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range.
Before its first trip to ISS, Starliner will undergo an abortion test conducted by Boeing Space in early November. The test will analyze the astronomer safety mechanism of the flight during its ascension process and emergency launch pad events.
As per Boeing’s previous announcements, the flight was planned to make it’s first-ever trip to ISS in March, 2019. The series of inconsistency during various tests put the flight lift-off behind the preplanned schedule. NASA said that the company has given more time to submit positive reviews about safety tests.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, too, has been competing to launch its first unpiloted flight—Dragon spacecraft—as a part of its mission, ‘Demo-1’, by early 2020. Though SpaceX is one step forward in the race as their crew has been already launched to ISS, both companies are waiting for their devices to be developed fully with positive safety reviews.