Boeing will test Starliner capsule abort system

Boeing Conducts Key Test For Human Launches

See Boeing's Starliner spacecraft hit 650 mph in 5 seconds

Only two of the three main parachutes opened, but both NASA and Boeing said astronauts would have been safe if aboard. The test was carried out at Launch Complex 32 located in White Sands, New Mexico.

The sum total of what space travelers have been propelled to circle by means of Soyuz rockets since the finish of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, and NASA is especially anxious to take dispatches back to the US.

Boeing completed on Monday a pad abort test of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft created to bring astronauts into low-Earth orbit from the United States, demonstrating the spacecraft's ability to quickly escape the launch pad in the event of an emergency on launch day.

A pad abort test is a procedure meant to put through their paces the systems that should jettison the crewed capsule away from the launch pad in case of an emergency.

The need for this system is described as a very "unlikely" scenario by Boeing and NASA, but the agency and its partners are emphasizing safety as they develop both Boeing's and SpaceX's new crew transportation spacecrafts.

For Monday's test, touchdown more than a mile north of the White Sands launch site was expected a minute and a half after liftoff.

"The test team and spacecraft performed flawlessly", Starliner program manager John Mulholland. Nine seconds later, as the vehicle continued to coast up to it maximum altitude of about 4,300 feet (1,300 kilometers), the Starliner pitched around to begin parachute deployment.

Aerojet Rocketdyne developed and tested the abort motors for the CST-100 spacecraft. The test is meant to guarantee that the ship's four prematurely end motors and control engines will fire on account of a crisis on the platform, conveying the container and space travelers up into the clouds from the potential threat.

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is a next-generation space capsule created to carry humans and scientific research to and from low-Earth orbit, including the International Space Station.

'We're constantly thinking about safety to make sure our crew is in the safest vehicle we can possibly make, ' said Landa.

Boeing plans to launch the Starliner to the International Space Station next month, without a crew.

The December 17 orbital test will see a Starliner launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on an Atlas V rocket.

Private companies - SpaceX included - have been shipping cargo to the space station since 2012. They successfully completed an uncrewed mission, called Demo-1, of their Crew Dragon spacecraft to the ISS in March 2019. The capsule, launched from a test stand, accelerated about 650 miles per hour (1,000 kmp/h) in five seconds flat.

It's key that this test demonstrate the spacecraft's ability to propel itself away from the rocket even from a ideal stand-still, and also to do so while attaining enough orbit to get high enough to make use of its parachutes.

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