Boeing aims to fly its CST-100 Starliner commercial space taxi on a long-awaited trial run to the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 17, setting the stage for a crewed flight test as early as March 2020. NASA awarded Boeing and SpaceX contracts worth a combined $6.8 billion in September 2014, hoping to have Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules ready to join the fleet of Russian Soyuz spacecraft in ferrying crews to and from the station by the end of 2017. Both companies ...

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