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Launch of the first manned Starliner ship

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The launch of the first manned Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for Saturday, the American space agency NASA announced. The flight of the ship, manufactured by Boeing, was canceled in May due to a defect in the launch vehicle.

The takeoff of the manned Starliner ship is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. (6:25 p.m. in Poland) from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Two astronauts NASA – Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams – are scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday and remain there for about a week. Their goal is to test the Starliner spacecraft and its subsystems before NASA begins work on a transportation system for rotational missions.

Flights to the ISS

The first Starliner launch in 2019, without a crew, ended in failure because the capsule entered the wrong orbit and did not reach the ISS; the flight had to be repeated. A series of further technical faults were later discovered. NASA 10 years ago commissioned private companies Boeing and SpaceX, which belongs to Elon Musk, to develop and produce a vehicle to transport astronauts to and from the ISS. Unlike Boeing, SpaceX's Dragon ships have been successfully performing orbital flights since 2020.

International Space Station (ISS)Maciej ZieliƄski, Adam Ziemienowicz/PAP

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Main photo source: PAP/EPA/NASA/Joel Kowsky

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