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Boeing aims to launch unpiloted Starliner test flight to space station in December

14 Oct 2019, 08:48 UTC
Boeing aims to launch unpiloted Starliner test flight to space station in December
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An artist’s concept of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner vehicle arriving at the International Space Station. Image credit: Boeing
Boeing has set a new launch date for the first orbital flight of its new commercial crew vehicle that will soon begin ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
The unpiloted CST-100 Starliner capsule is now scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on 17 December 2019, said John Mulholland, Boeing’s vice president of commercial programs, here at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS).
For this mission, titled “Orbital Flight Test” (OFT), the Starliner space capsule will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on an Atlas V rocket and dock with the International Space Station, where it will stay for about a week before making a parachute-assisted landing at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
A Boeing Starliner spacecraft is prepared for a planned December 2019 test flight to the International Space Station for NASA. Image credit: NASA
Before Starliner makes its first trip to the space station, Boeing will first conduct a test of the spacecraft’s abort system. That in-flight abort test, which is now scheduled to take place in ...

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