NASA has announced that Boeing´s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft completed the first land touchdown of a human-rated capsule in US history, the agency said.
The landing completes an abbreviated Orbital Flight Test for the company that still meets several mission objectives for NASA´s Commercial Crew program. Starliner´s landing helps set the stage for future crewed landings at the same site.
Although Starliner did not reach its planned orbit and dock to the International Space Station as planned, Boeing was able to complete a number of test objectives during the flight related to NASA´s Commercial Crew Program, including:
• Successful launch of the first human-rated United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket
• Checked out the Starliner propulsion systems
• Tested space-to-space communications
• Confirmed Starliner tracker alignments using its navigation system
• Tested Starliner´s NASA Docking System
• Validated all environment control and life support systems
• Completed a positive command uplink between the International Space Station and Starliner