by Clara Thompson, The Chicago Times
May 26, 2022
CAPE CANAVERAL – Boeing’s Starliner capsule returned from the International Space Station on Wednesday.
Boeing completed it final test flight of the Starliner capsule which will hopefully be released for use by NASA to shuttle astronauts to the ISS. The capsule parachuted into the New Mexico desert with a test dummy after leaving the orbiting lab.
According to Boeing, there were some thruster and cooling system problems, but the flight was deemed success by Houston control.
“It’s great to have this incredible test flight behind us.” said Steve Stich, director of NASA’s commercial crew program.
It is hoped that NASA astronauts will ride the Starliner to the space station by year’s end. The creation of the Starliner, as well as Elon Musk’s SpaceX capsule system, has been a dream come true for NASA which has been dependent on Russian space shuttles since the demise of the Space Shuttle or Space Transportation System.