The Boeing Starliner spacecraft has successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS), about 26 hours after launching from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The spacecraft was crewed by Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams who completed a series of tests including manually flying Starliner for the first time in space on the way to the ISS.

They then monitored Starliner as it autonomously conducted a series of manoeuvres to steadily bring the spacecraft closer to the orbiting laboratory before docking.

Wilmore and Williams now join seven other astronauts currently living on the station for about a week in orbit.

They will assist with various tests and conduct scientific experiments while in space before boarding Starliner and returning home.

Boeing Defense, Space & Security vice president and general manager of space, intelligence and weapon systems Kay Sears said: “It is both amazing and humbling to join the fleet of commercial spacecraft capable of conducting crewed transportation services to and from the space station for NASA. Our teams have done some great work to get us to this point.”Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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