Boeing designed and built the Starliner alongside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon to fulfil NASA’s Commercial Crew contract.
Both capsules will ferry astronauts to and from the space station, ending NASA’s reliance on the Soyuz programme.
However, whereas SpaceX has already launched two operational flights to the ISS, Starliner is yet to reach orbit.
Starliner’s first orbital flight test in December 2019 was cut short due to an error with the onboard clocks.
The spacecraft did not perform its orbital burn needed to rendezvous with the ISS.
Boeing spokeswoman Kelly Kaplan said at the time: “The Boeing Starliner space vehicle experienced an off-nominal insertion.
Published at Fri, 30 Jul 2021 18:26:17 +0000