The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) and giant US aerospace group Boeing hoped to launch the latter’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its second uncrewed test flight on Thursday. This demonstration flight would see the CST-100 Starliner fly to and dock at the International Space Station (ISS). For this mission, the craft would carry 800 lbs (about 363 kg) of cargo to the ISS, including some 500 lbs (around 227 kg) of Nasa freight and crew supplies. The capsule would spend five to ten days attached to the ISS, before undocking, re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, and landing (and not, as usual with US space capsules, splashing down in the sea) in the western US. On its return, it would carry some 600 lbs (about 272 kg) of cargo.
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