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Boeing Starliner to take astronauts to ISS - Kyng - 05-06-2024

Astronaut https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cpeg21x7n7qo Astronaut

Two Nasa astronauts are due to head for the International Space Station aboard a new spacecraft.

Boeing’s Starliner will blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, in its first crewed test flight.

The mission has been delayed for several years because of setbacks in the spacecraft's development.

If it is successful, it will become the second private firm able to provide crew transport to and from the ISS, alongside Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Nasa no longer wants to own and operate such vehicles, preferring now to buy the service from the commercial sector.



Given Boeing's widely-publicised woes in recent years, I'd be pretty nervous about getting in this. But, it sounds as though it's been subjected to rigorous testing, so hopefully it'll be safe!

And if this launch is successful, perhaps it'll provide a much-needed reputational boost for the embattled company :) .


RE: Boeing Starliner to take astronauts to ISS - ZandraJoi - 05-07-2024

I wonder if they have to go through some training even as civilians. I'd like to know what it'd be like to travel extremely fast like that or to defy gravity. Plus if something were to happen, I'd like some of the civilians to have a bit of know-how. It's not like getting stuck on the side of the road & a tow truck can come lol


RE: Boeing Starliner to take astronauts to ISS - Kyng - 05-07-2024

(05-07-2024, 04:55 PM)ZandraJoi Wrote: I wonder if they have to go through some training even as civilians. I'd like to know what it'd be like to travel extremely fast like that or to defy gravity. Plus if something were to happen, I'd like some of the civilians to have a bit of know-how. It's not like getting stuck on the side of the road & a tow truck can come lol

Yeah, they'd almost certainly have to have some training. Don't want them doing anything stupid that breaks something and leaves them stranded in space - or worse!


RE: Boeing Starliner to take astronauts to ISS - ZandraJoi - 05-14-2024

(05-07-2024, 07:24 PM)Kyng Wrote:
(05-07-2024, 04:55 PM)ZandraJoi Wrote: I wonder if they have to go through some training even as civilians. I'd like to know what it'd be like to travel extremely fast like that or to defy gravity. Plus if something were to happen, I'd like some of the civilians to have a bit of know-how. It's not like getting stuck on the side of the road & a tow truck can come lol

Yeah, they'd almost certainly have to have some training. Don't want them doing anything stupid that breaks something and leaves them stranded in space - or worse!

Going from your answer, I'd also have to say they'd have to have some level of intelligence. Just because one is rich, doesn't mean they are smart. "What does this button do? Oops!!" LOL


RE: Boeing Starliner to take astronauts to ISS - Kyng - 05-14-2024

(05-14-2024, 02:06 PM)ZandraJoi Wrote:
(05-07-2024, 07:24 PM)Kyng Wrote:
(05-07-2024, 04:55 PM)ZandraJoi Wrote: I wonder if they have to go through some training even as civilians. I'd like to know what it'd be like to travel extremely fast like that or to defy gravity. Plus if something were to happen, I'd like some of the civilians to have a bit of know-how. It's not like getting stuck on the side of the road & a tow truck can come lol

Yeah, they'd almost certainly have to have some training. Don't want them doing anything stupid that breaks something and leaves them stranded in space - or worse!

Going from your answer, I'd also have to say they'd have to have some level of intelligence. Just because one is rich, doesn't mean they are smart. "What does this button do? Oops!!" LOL

Yeah, that too :lol: . In case there's an emergency, they need to be able to think clearly and quickly!


RE: Boeing Starliner to take astronauts to ISS - Kyng - 06-05-2024

Well, it's finally launched successfully:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cl4481nz4x6o

Best of luck to them on the rest of their voyage!