Boeing will attempt another test flight to the International Space Station without crew members aboard its Starliner spacecraft, the company announced this week. 


Late last year, Boeing's Starliner failed to make it to the space station after a glitch caused the vehicle to burn too much fuel too early in the trip. 
SpaceX's Crew Dragon is still on schedule for its first crewed launch in May, making it the first vehicle in the Commercial Crew program to reach that milestone. 
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Late last year, Boeing's Starliner was sent on a crucial test flight to the International Space Station. It didn't hold any crew members, but it would likely have been the last uncrewed flight if things went smoothly. Well, they didn't, and the spacecraft never made it to the space station. Now, Boeing is going to have to try again.

There had been some question as to whether NASA would take the shortcoming in stride and allow for a crewed test flight to commence without Boeing redoing the failed test. Now, after issuing dozens of corrective actions to the company, NASA has clearly made up its mind and Boeing will need to prove its expensive vehicle actually works as intended before NASA allows its astronauts to step onboard.

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