Already next month, Boeing Corporation will launchits new spacecraft CST-100 Starliner, designed to transport astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), for the first test flight.
In addition to Space X, NASA has a contract with Boeingfor delivery of American astronauts to the ISS from the United States. At present, space crews are transporting Russian Soyuz capsules from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Boeing CST-100 Starliner in the first testthe flight will be without people on board. It will be launched to the orbital outpost, where it will automatically dock, and then detach and turn back to Earth, landing with parachutes in Texas. If this mission goes smoothly, Boeing announced that in August it would be possible to launch the first ship with a crew.
The mission, called Orbital Flight Test,will be launched from the Cape Canaveral Space Center in Florida using an Atlas V rocket created by the Joint Start Alliance. Initially, this test flight was announced on August 27, 2018, but it was postponed due to anomalies found in the launch security system.
Although the Starliner capsule has not yet reached space,It was successfully tested in the terrestrial atmosphere, where the parachute landing system was tested. Meanwhile, Mask, Space X, announced the first test flight for the Crew Dragon capsule on February 28, and the first flight with the crew will take place in June of the same year.
If all these tests are successful, Boeing and Space X will be the first private companies capable of carrying people into space.