Boeing's CST-100 Starliner heading for a rendezvous with the International Space Station.
The Starliner is similar to the Apollo spacecraft, but its electronics are half a century more advanced. The spacecraft is designed to carry up to seven astronauts, with additional cargo. Atlas V rockets.
Money from NASA
Money for the development of the spacecraft came largely through NASA's commercial crew Soyuz spacecraft flights to the International Space Station.
Boeing received $ 4.2 billion in September 2014. Competitor SpaceX received $ 2.6 billion for its Dragon spacecraft.
NASA is hoping to relaunch astronauts from American soil, which has since been released in 2011. The program has been delayed several years, NASA has said, due to Congress not allocating as much money as what the agency requested [19659012PreparingforFirstFlight
In 2011, the company put a 12-by-14 inch model of the CST-100 in a wind tunnel to determine the spacecraft's aerodynamic characteristics.
In 2012, Boeing did parachute drop testing of the CST-100 to determine how well the spacecraft's parachutes and air bags worked. Unlike the Apollo missions, the CST-100 wants to touch down on land, making the bag especially important for the job. NASA considered an important milestone under the third round of CCDev.
In 2014, Boeing unveiled a full-scale mockup of the spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, showing the inside of it for the first time. Airbag testing of the spacecraft proceeded successfully in February 2016, and in March 2017.
So in 2017, Boeing unveiled the spacesuit astronauts wants wear aboard the Starliner. The spacesuit features several advancements over previous spacesuit designs.
Due to a problem during an abort engine test in June 2018, Boeing announced in August that it would push back to 2019.  Additional resources