NASA hits milestone in its Commercial Crew Programme
NASA has successfully completed its first flight test with its CST-100 Starliner, as part of the its Commercial Crew Programme recently

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New Delhi (NVI): In a technological breakthrough, NASA, along with its commercial partner Boeing, has successfully completed its first flight test with its CST-100 Starliner, as part of the its Commercial Crew Programme recently.

According to NASA, the Pad Abort Test at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, was a critical safety milestone designed to verify that each of Starliner’s systems will function not only separately, but also together to carry astronauts safely away from the launch pad in the unlikely event of an emergency prior to liftoff”.

The NASA further said that with Boeing and SpaceX, the space agency’s other commercial crew partner are working to return human spaceflight launches to the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil.

The Boeing Space also tweeted, “With the safety of our astronauts at the forefront of all we do, this successful testing proves our abort system will work correctly to keep #Starliner and the crew safe during an abort from the launch pad”.