On Friday, Boeing will finally get another shot at launching its famed Starliner astronaut capsule to the International Space Station (ISS). The company tried launching the capsule in 2019, but the test ended early when the capsule failed to make it to the ISS. Since then, the company has struggled to keep up with competitors like SpaceX when it comes to developing, testing, and operationalizing new spacecraft.
But the company is hopeful that Friday’s test launch will bring redemption, 18 months after the failed attempt forced grueling investigations and leadership changes sought to determine what went wrong.
Will Boeing’s efforts make the new test a success? And what will Friday’s test run mean for he company’s relationship with NASA?