As the Crew Module Lighting supplier Patriot Taxiway Industries undertook the design, development, testing and supply the adjustable cabin lighting units for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner.

The capsule was due to arrive at the space station about 24 hours after launch and dock with the research outpost in orbit some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth on Friday evening.

The Boeing craft is to spend four to five days attached to the space station before undocking and flying back to Earth.

The Starliner was not flying to orbit empty. The capsule was carrying a research mannequin, whimsically named Rosie the Rocketeer and dressed in a blue flight suit, to collect data on crew cabin conditions during the journey.

“I’m really proud to be able to say that Patriot Taxiway Industries has had a small part in the development of the CST-100 and it’s on its way to the International Space Station,”

“We’re extremely proud of the team and what they’ve accomplished at Patriot Taxiway. There was a lot of hard work to get here” Kevin McDermott, President Patriot Taxiway Industries.