Boeing is closer to ISS spaceflights after Starliner's final parachute test

For Starliner's final qualification test, Boeing dropped it from a balloon with two disabled

Boeing is closer to ISS spaceflights after Starliner's final parachute test

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To be able to simulate an actual flight suffering from parachute failure, the Starliner test capsule was dropped from a balloon at an altitude of 40,000 feet.

Boeing had to ensure that the capsule can land even with a few missing parachutes for the astronauts’ safety, especially since Starliner was designed to land on solid ground instead of in the water.

Boeing’s Starliner capsule has successfully touched down at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range even though it didn’t deploy all of its parachutes.

The company had to disable two of its over half a dozen parachutes, so it can pass the final and most difficult qualification test it needed to go through to be able to fly astronauts to the ISS.

The company simulated a parachute failure for Starliner's final qualification test.

The company simulated a parachute failure for Starliner's final qualification test.

I want to thank our Starliner teammates, including NASA and the US Army at White Sands, for their part in ensuring mission safety and success.

This most recent success could mean Starliner’s first flight could truly happen sometime this summer, like the company is hoping.

According to a previous report, Boeing is hoping to deploy its first unmanned test flight to the ISS on September 17th for a seven day stay.

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