ISS Boeing Starliner successfully launched after 2 previous failed attempts

The Boeing Starliner spacecraft was successfully launched into orbit on Thursday afternoon from Cape Canaveral en route to the International Space Station, NASA announced.

The unmanned spacecraft carrying about 800 pounds of cargo is expected to dock at the ISS around 7:10 p.m. ET Friday, NASA explained in a post-launch update. The hatch will open on Saturday morning.

The delayed launch was Boeing’s first successful launch after two previous failed attempts to reach the ISS.

“What an amazing launch,” said Kathy Lunders, a fellow of NASA’s Space Operations Mission. “We are doing some things… but overall the vehicle has done it so far – it has been introduced and is ready to start, and we really look forward to it appearing on the International Space Station.”

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is launched from Space Launch Complex 41 on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Cape Canaveral Space Station in Florida. (Joel Kowsky / NASA via AP / AP Newsroom)

Two of the spacecraft’s propellers have failed, revealed NASA Commercial Crew Commercial Program Director Steve Stich, adding that the backups started successfully. “We need to do a little more work to understand why they failed,” he said. There are a total of 12 launchers on the spacecraft.

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He added that the submarine, “which launches water into space to cool the spacecraft” was initially a bit slow, but worked well as soon as it was in orbit.

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Boeing Starliner crew capsule takes off on a second test flight to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Thursd (AP Photo / John Raoux / AP Newsroom)

Joel Montaband, director of NASA’s International Space Station program, called it a “landmark” mission, saying it “provides a second crew member to the International Space Station team and to NASA in general.”

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A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the Boeing Starliner spacecraft takes off from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission on May 19, 2022 to Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States on May 19. , 2022. (Photo by Paul Hennessy / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Both Boeing and SpaceX entered into contracts with NASA in 2014 to build spacecraft capable of carrying crews to the ISS, but SpaceX was the only company to hire astronauts to date.

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Boeing’s previous failed attempts were in 2019 when the spacecraft could not be moored due to a serious software problem and in 2021 when engineers found that more than a dozen of the service unit valves could not be opened before launch, according to Washington. Post.

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