The test demonstrated the spacecraft's ability to protect Commercial Crew Program astronauts by carrying them safely away from the launch pad in the unlikely event of an emergency prior to liftoff. Since that time, the United States has relied on purchasing seats in Russian Soyuz capsules to reach the International Space Station. This spacecraft is created to be capable of a safe abort during all phases of flight, from the launch pad to on-orbit operations.
SpaceX is working to fly its Crew Dragon capsule on a first manned test flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year, after completing its unmanned test in March, the company and NASA have said. The entire flight lasted one-and-a-half minutes. These engines support both low-altitude and high-altitude abort capability, on-orbit maneuvering, space station reboost, and stage separation during the mission. NASA is paying Boeing $4.2 billion for development of Starliner and up to six operational missions to carry astronauts to the International Space StationBoeing had apparently planned to record the test, but did not intend to broadcast it live until Bridenstine intervened. Boeing will review the data from Monday's test before moving forward with the first Starliner/Atlas V launch from Cape Canaveral. Descending under the two red, white and blue canopies, the Starliner touched down about a mile (1.6 km) from its test stand, 95 seconds after it lifted off. One issue is that only two out of three parachutes deployed, which will have to be investigated, but the actual fault tolerance defined by NASA here allows and anticipates that as a possibility.
Similar in size to the Orion, the Starliner can host a crew of up to seven astronauts, or five when space is also shared with cargo. However, SpaceX experienced a setback about a month later in an evaluation the static fire engine capabilities of their own In-Flight Abort System; the test experienced an anomoly that destroyed the spacecraft on a test stand at SpaceX's Landing Zone 1, CCAFS.
Parachute deployment has been among the top technical challenges both companies have faced that have raised questions over crew safety and pressured launch schedules.
Boeing, along with SpaceX, is part of NASA's commercial crew program.
It was a successful test launch this morning for Boeing's new space pod.