In orbit: The first manned launch of the Starliner ended with success

The first manned launch of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft built by Boeing was a success. The spacecraft with two astronauts on board entered low-Earth orbit.

The launch of the Atlas V rocket with the Starliner spacecraft. Source: STEVE NESIUS/REUTERS

The Starliner was launched using the Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral spaceport. This was the first manned mission for this carrier. It has regularly worked out its flight section and brought the spacecraft into a predetermined orbit.

The Starliner crew consists of two NASA astronauts, Barry Wilmore and Sunita Williams. This is their third space flight. The main task of the crew is to check how the spacecraft’s systems will behave with people on board.

The next important stage of the mission will be docking with the ISS. It’s scheduled for tomorrow. The Starliner is scheduled to dock with the Harmony module on June 6 at 12:15 p.m. The flight plan assumes that the Starliner will spend eight days as part of the orbital complex. After that, the spacecraft will undock from the ISS and its capsule with the crew will land on Earth.

You can learn more about the history and technical design of the Starliner from our material.