The Boeing Starliner capsule docks at the ISS to compete with SpaceX
It is the second lucky time for Boeing as their astronaut capsule, Starliner, successfully arrived at the International Space Station, or ISS, for the first time on Friday.
The first time the US producer tried to send Starliner into space, it didn’t end up near the space station and instead ended up in the wrong orbit.
Despite containing only a test dummy, the overhauled spacecraft arrived at the correct spot 25 hours after its initial launch on Thursday.
The launch and rendezvous went smoothly, despite a shaky start with a pair of thrusters failing during takeoff.
This latest privately-funded space race fulfills NASA’s hopes of having crew capsules of competing US companies flying to the space station.
Boeing hopes to rival Elon Musk’s SpaceX which has already ferried 18 astronauts to the space station in the past three years, including the first African American woman to be part of an ISS crew. Jessica Watkinsas well as tourists.