Boeing's Starliner docks to ISS for the first time
Boeing's uncrewed Starliner capsule has officially made it to the International Space Station.
Why it matters: The uncrewed test Friday paves the way for human missions aboard Starliner to the ISS in the future, and acts as a re-do of a 2019 mission that failed to make it to the station.
What's happening: The Starliner docked to the space station at 8:28 pm ET on Friday after launching from Florida Thursday.
- During its time in space, mission controllers tested out a number of its systems, including its thrusters and communications.
- While the spacecraft had a couple thrusters shut off early just after reaching space, that didn't adversely impact its ability to make it to the station.
Background: During the 2019 test, the Starliner wasn't able to make it to the ISS due to a number of issues.
- Those malfunctions were so severe that they could have resulted in the loss of the spacecraft.
What's next: The Starliner is expected to stay docked to the space station for the next four to five days before heading back to Earth.
- Once Boeing begins flying astronauts to the ISS, it will mean that three different systems — Starliner, SpaceX's Dragon and Russia's Soyuz — are able to ferry people to and from the space station.