Starliner will allow for human activity in space
Boeing is leveraging its experience in having a hand all of NASA's human-rated spacecraft to build their CST-100 Starliner.
The capsule will carry seven people to and from the International Space Station. The company is also collaborating with Bigelow Aerospace to send crew to their B330 space stations in the 2020 time frame.
Starliner is being developed as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Development program. It will be launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and, as soon as it is developed, the Vulcan rocket.
The company plans to conduct a Pad Abort test in February 2017, followed by orbital testing—uncrewed first, then crewed—in mid-2017.