The space race is back.
This time, instead of two nations competing to be the first to step foot on the moon, there are two companies – Boeing and SpaceX – going head-to-head to be the first company to return human spaceflight launch capabilities to the United States.
Watch U.S. Fly is here to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Boeing’s Starliner — designed to lead America into the next generation of spaceflight.
Boeing’s Starliner is more streamlined and efficient than previous crew-carrying space vehicles. The Starliner’s predecessors had thousands of switches and dials — the new Starliner has about 40. Also, the Starliner will be America’s only human-rated reusable spacecraft thanks to its unique ability to land on land.
The Starliner offers NASA (and potentially other customers) a commercial approach for human spaceflight that is much less expensive than the previous shuttle program and what foreign partners currently charge America to launch astronauts into space. While this is a first for the space industry, it’s an effort that will provide critical transportation services of American astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for years to come.