A strong blow shakes the Starline capsule, the parachutes have been deployed, with them the ship will be able to return to earth safely. Boeing is continuing its trials to serve NASA space transportation.
Launching a manned capsule into space is tricky, but bringing it back is a very delicate process. Boeing and NASA have announced the good results of their latest landing tests of the Starline capsule.
This is a second test, since the first was carried out in December of last year and the result was not so positive. The unmanned spacecraft failed to reach the orbit necessary to reach the International Space Station.
This time everything has gone according to plan, one of the biggest successes of this mission is the landing system that includes a large parachute system. Unlike SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule we’ve already seen in action, Boeing intends to land the spacecraft back on land and not in the middle of the ocean.
The spacecraft uses a series of parachutes and airbags that are deployed at specific altitudes to ensure a soft landing and can be seen in this video that he has shared to celebrate the success of this test. The mechanism first deploys two small parachutes that function as a heat shield, to later deploy others whose function is to stop the fall.
In addition to the set of parachutes for each of the descent phases, Boeing also uses airbags with which to cushion the impact against the ground. The company has forced the failure of different systems and parachutes during the test to ensure that the landing protocol is robust enough to overcome any obstacle.
NASA and Boeing are now preparing for final tests in which the full orbital flight with Starline must be performed. It will take place throughout the first half of next year and if it succeeds again the Starliner’s first manned spaceflight is expected to take place several months later.
Boeing also wants to have its place in the recent space transportation industry. This market relieves space agencies of much of the workload of launching missions in order to focus on experiments and research projects. In time, they could also be used for the first tourist trips to space.