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Boeing-Starliner capsule that will eventually take astronauts into space to complete a key test to break down Monday as he flew for nearly a mile, before parachuting back to the desert of New Mexico.
No astronauts will be on board of the capsule for the morning and the rest of the crew to break down the system, just as a test dummy. The abort system, which will allow for a quick break in front of the three astronauts if there is an emergency on the Florida trail or in the race.
Boeing’s launch of the Starliner to the International Space Station next month-without a crew. The Starliner capsule was launched on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner in the Pad Abort Test,
(Image credit: NASA TV)
“[Boeing’s Space Starliner spacecraft soared due to a critical security event in a major test of its launch abort system-in the morning. A lot of analysis ahead, but we are one big step closer to flying with the crew!” tweeted NASA.
Only two out of the three main parachutes are deployed, but NASA said the astronauts would have been safe on. The test took place at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range.
“The test team and equipment performed flawlessly,” said Boeing Starliner, Program Manager, John Mulholland in a statement. “An emergency scenario testing is very complex, and now our team confirmed that the spacecraft will keep the crew safe, in the unlikely event of a break down.”
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In this image made from video provided by NASA, Boeing a test of the launch abort system of the Starliner the shell, the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 at the latest.
(NASA via AP)
The capsule fired its four launch abort engines (LAEs), and the different orbital maneuvering and attitude control (OMAC) thrusters, according to Boeing.
“With 190,000 pounds of thrust, the spacecraft is quickly pushed up and away from the test stand, which shows how quickly the system can be beat for the crews away from danger, if need be,” the company explained in a statement. “The vehicle flew for nearly a mile, in less than 20 seconds, prior to the implementation of the future of the heat shield and parachutes.”
The entire flight lasted for one-and-a-half minutes.
“Do you have a [Boeing Space] Starliner is critical to ensure the safety of testing in the morning? Back on the east coast of ULA, the technicians at the beginning of the assembly, #AtlasV will launch the #Starliner,” tweeted the United Launch Alliance on Monday.
A NASA ASTRONAUT, DESCRIBES THE DRAMATIC ESCAPE OF THE FAILED SOYUZ ROCKET
Parachutes to deploy, the Starliner is coffee. (Image credit: NASA TV)
Last year, NASA astronaut Nick Hague (netherlands) and the Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, a dramatic escape after their Soyuz booster rocket failed just two minutes after the launch.
The Starliner capsule landing in the desert of New Mexico. (Image credit: NASA TV)
After blasting into the sky from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on a problem of the separation of the first and second stage booster rockets, forced to hedge and Ovchinin to dangerous “ballistic re-entry into the atmosphere of the Earth.
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