Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft completed the first touchdown on land of a human-rated space capsule in U.S. history Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico, wrapping up the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
Starliner settled gently onto its air bags at 7:58 a.m. EST in a pre-dawn landing that helps set the stage for future crewed landings at the same site. The landing followed a deorbit burn at 7:23 a.m., separation of the spacecraft’s service module, and successful deployment of its three main parachutes and six airbags.
NASA and Boeing will host a postlanding news conference at 10 a.m. with:
- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
- Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch Division
- Steve Stich, deputy manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
The news conference will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.