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Boeing successfully launches Starliner spacecraft to orbit

Boeing successfully launches Starliner spacecraft to orbit

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Nearly two and a half years after its first launch didn’t go to plan, Boeing’s new passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, successfully launched to space this afternoon,

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, reaching the right orbit it needed to achieve to rendezvous with the International Space Station tomorrow evening.

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The successful launch marks the beginning of a crucial test flight for Starliner that will play out over the next week in space,

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, one that will help demonstrate if the capsule is capable of carrying humans to space one day.

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Starliner is a private spacecraft that Boeing developed in partnership with NASA,

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, primarily to help transport the agency’s astronauts to and from the International Space Station in low Earth orbit.

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