The company SpaceX has already conducted unmanned mission spacecraft Crew Dragon in March 2019, and is now preparing for a manned launch. The same plan is shared by the Boeing company with his ship Cockpit, but she’s not in a hurry — test flight to the International space station will be held in August, and a manned mission scheduled for the end of the year. At the moment she is conducting ground-based test — for example, it has recently tested the performance of the parachute for safe descent capsule with the crew on the Ground.
Judging by video, the testing went pretty smoothly — all the parachutes opened, and the capsule gently landed in the right place. It is known that addition of parachutes to a safe return to earth she will provide disposable thermal protection and cushions, which are activated at the final stage of landing. The Boeing representatives emphasize that capsule ship Cockpit will be able to go directly into the earth. Recall that the majority of its peers down at the water.
The capsule will be able to carry into orbit as cargo, and a crew of seven people. With all this, the device will be reusable and will last up to 10 missions. For their implementation there is almost everything you need, right down to wireless Internet.
The spacecraft Cockpit there are several analogues, among which are the Russian spaceship “Federation”, the device “Orion” from the company Lockheed Martin and, of course, the Dragon V2 from SpaceX. At the moment they are in the development phase and thoroughly tested before their test flights. At the beginning of 2019 were especially enthusiastic SpaceX, and has faced many problems — her capsule already managed to explode and shatter on the ground in unopened parachute.