Boeing’s manned capsule ‘CST-100 Starliner’, which will be used in the ‘space taxi service’ that transports astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), docked with the ISS on the 20th local time.
According to Reuters, Starliner succeeded in docking with the ISS at 8:28 pm on the same day, 26 hours after launch. Earlier, for an unmanned test flight, the Starliner was launched from Space Force Base 41 in Cape Canaveral, Florida the day before, and landed in the target orbit.
After successfully docking with the ISS, the cruising Starliner leaves the ISS six days later and ends the journey by parachute landing in the desert of New Mexico.
Starliner’s flight this time was two years and four months after the first orbital flight test in 2019, which was frustrated by a software problem.
When the manned test flight to be held at the end of this year is completed, Starliner will become a ‘space taxi’ that travels between Earth and the space station along with Space X’s ‘Crew Dragon’.
[사진 출처 : AP=연합뉴스]