The seating marked the demise of the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) spacecraft into the International Space Station (ISS).
The capsule landed on Earth about four hours after leaving the orbiting laboratory.
NASA said the Boeing Starliner campaign was “an important step in ensuring the operation of Boeing’s systems” and that OFT-2 “is bringing the country a milestone in having two separate transit systems to transport astronauts to and from the US space. “
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“NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and its industry partners, Boeing, today have taken a major and successful step in the journey to help more people get to the International Space Station in American space from American soil,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement.
“The OFT-2 mission represents the power of cooperation, which allows us to innovate for the benefit of humanity and to inspire the world through knowledge.
“I am very proud of the dedication and perseverance showed by the NASA team, Boeing, and ULA, which culminated in the successful completion of the second Starliner’s Orbital Flight Test from start to finish,” Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said in a statement. Statement. Starliner has provided a tremendous amount of valuable data throughout this process, which we continue to explore in our quest to bring the spacecraft online and fully operational on aeronautic aircraft as soon as it is safe to do so. “
The flight test began on May 19. Starliner unveiled a ULA Atlas V rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. It stopped at the ISS on Friday, after which astronauts explored Starliner’s interactions with computer programs and uploaded objects.
After software errors, Boeing dropped its first attempt to reach the space station in 2019. Last summer, the problem was fixed, but rusty valves blocked the second attempt.