In the next few days they will carry out a second flight test.
Time goes by and POT he has to run to his side. The Perseverance landing was successful and they have to turn the page. In other words, the team assigned to this investigation will continue in their work and the rest will continue in their own way. Therefore, the next step returns to one of the main themes of the space agency: its collaboration with the private sector.
In that sense, they are now preparing to complete the second test of the CST-100 spacecraft. Starliner. This is a rocket that NASA manufactures in conjunction with the renowned company Boeing. The mission of this ship is to take, in principle, astronauts to the International Space Station.
However, it will later be made available for commercial or « tourist » flights into space. They even talk about other space stations (when they are put into orbit) as possible destinations.
Meanwhile, the CST-100 Starliner should complete its second test no later than Friday, April 2, 2021. This test was called Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 and for now he will travel to the ISS without crew.
What will NASA and Boeing check on this spacecraft?
The flight prepares its final details. In theory nothing should go wrong. But they will watch the ship’s hardware and software development. Every detail of your flight must be checked because it will be your last certification.
The Boeing and NASA teamwork on all aspects of flight preparation, including final certification, hazard analysis, and software testing, is extraordinary. Although this unmanned flight test to the International Space Station is a key milestone on the road to Starliner’s first manned mission planned for later this year, we will fly when we are ready, « said Steve Stich, Commercial Crew Program Manager for The NASA.