Boeing shares epic view from Starliner crew capsule on its way to orbit

The new spacecraft didn't quite make it to the International Space Station, but it was still a fantastic journey.

Eric Mack Contributing Editor
Eric Mack has been a CNET contributor since 2011. Eric and his family live 100% energy and water independent on his off-grid compound in the New Mexico desert. Eric uses his passion for writing about energy, renewables, science and climate to bring educational content to life on topics around the solar panel and deregulated energy industries. Eric helps consumers by demystifying solar, battery, renewable energy, energy choice concepts, and also reviews solar installers. Previously, Eric covered space, science, climate change and all things futuristic. His encrypted email for tips is ericcmack@protonmail.com.
Expertise Solar, solar storage, space, science, climate change, deregulated energy, DIY solar panels, DIY off-grid life projects, and CNET's "Living off the Grid" series Credentials
  • Finalist for the Nesta Tipping Point prize and a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Eric Mack
2 min read

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner launched in December.


While the world waits for the next explosive test of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, competitor Boeing has released footage of the view from inside its own new crew capsule, Starliner.

NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX to develop new spacecraft for ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station as part of the space agency's Commercial Crew program. Last month, Starliner was loaded up with cargo and a dummy and launched into orbit. While a "timing anomaly" prevented the crew capsule from making it to the ISS, it did manage to orbit and land successfully, and Boeing filmed the entire thing.

The above footage shows what it would be like to launch to space aboard Starliner. The dummy and everything inside the craft looks to be strapped down pretty tight, save for a plush Snoopy doll that bounces around a bit during launch, then when Starliner's thrusters fire and finally upon landing. But overall, it looks to be a surprisingly smooth ride with absolutely spectacular views.

Watch this: Soon you can travel to space aboard Boeing's Starliner

Boeing is running a bit behind SpaceX in terms of completing the required tests before being cleared to carry actual humans to orbit. SpaceX successfully sent a Crew Dragon sans crew to the ISS last year and is now preparing to carrying out its in-flight abort test, during which a Falcon 9 rocket will be destroyed, as soon as Sunday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Boeing will try again soon to send Starliner to the ISS and SpaceX hopes to be able to send humans to the space station later this year. 

Spooky space images show creepy side of the cosmos

See all photos