Boeing's Starliner Readies for Space
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Boeing and NASA Commercial Astronauts
At the Johnson Space Center in Houston, a veteran team of astronauts are training for the trip of a lifetime. They'll be launched into space onboard Boeing's new spacecraft Starliner to the International Space Station. The Starliner is a next generation space capsule designed to take people to and from low Earth orbit. For Boeing, NASA is the anchor company for Starliner, beginning with missions to the ISS with NASA and NASA sponsored crews. The space vehicle will eventually take tourists on space voyages.
The Starliner mission will launch in late 2019 or in early 2020. The five person crew, two women and three men, are Boeing and NASA veteran astronauts. This mission underscores the importance of the growing commercial business opportunities in space. You might call it an intergalactic global business frontier that is just opening and has tremendous potential.
Destination Innovation: ISS
The ISS is a $100 billion science and technology laboratory, orbiting 250 miles above Earth and staffed by rotating international astronaut crews since 2000. It even has several cutting edge robot assistants to the astronauts that rotate coming onboard, including Russia's Fedor who is expected to arrive for duty Tuesday. NASA is investing big money in the commercial race into space. It's paying Boeing and its competitor SpaceX a combined $7 billion to develop and build rockets and capsule launch systems to carry astronauts to the ISS. And, this is just the beginning of the commercial business race into space. It's the new frontier, according to experts and the astronauts ready to take-off on Starliner.