360 Video: Inside Boeing’s Starliner space capsule | Innovation

Since NASA retired the shuttle in 2011, the only way for astronauts to get into has been Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft. But soon NASA flyers will be able to hitch a ride on Boeing’s CST-100 , which is now in the final stages of development.

The gumdrop-shaped is designed to function essentially as a space taxi, ferrying up to seven astronauts and their cargo to and from the International Space Station. Boeing is expected to conduct the spacecraft’s first crewed test flight to the ISS next year. (SpaceX is putting the finishing touches on its Crew Dragon , which is also scheduled to carry its first crew in 2019.)

Recently, NBC News MACH visited a Starliner mock-up at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to get an insider’s look at the spacecraft — and a sense of what it would be like to fly aboard the futuristic capsule. [Editor’s note: Boeing is a sponsor of MACH’s Making of an Astronaut series.]

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