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In 2014, Boeing was awarded a contract through NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program to provide commercial launch services to the International Space Station (ISS). To this end, they have been busy developing the CST-100 Starliner, a space capsule that will be able to deliver cargo and crews of up to 7 astronauts to the ISS. On December 20th, 2019, the Starliner passed a major milestone when it conducted an uncrewed test.
While an error prevented this Starliner (designated Calypso) from docking with the ISS as planned, the space capsule still managed to make it to space and land safely near White Sands, New Mexico. This makes it the first crew capsule to touchdown on land in the United States. To celebrate this accomplishment, Boeing recently released a highlight reel of footage taken by cameras inside the Calypso during the flight test.
Video - Views - Window - Starliner - Space
The video includes views out the window of the Starliner space capsule as it is launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The footage is especially compelling because it shows what crews might have seen had this been an uncrewed test flight. The same views can be expected in the future by astronauts and space tourists using the Starliner to go to space.
It also contains footage taken from inside the capsule, which featured a test dummy strapped into one of the Starliner’s seats and a Snoopy doll dressed an astronaut. While the test dummy shows some mild...
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