NASA identified 80 issues for Boeing to fix on Starliner following the capsule’s 1st unmanned test flight, which failed to reach the International Space Station in December 2019. Image via Boeing/ John Proferes/ Space.com.
Liftoff on July 30, 2021
On Friday, July 30, 2021, Boeing’s second uncrewed flight for its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on an Atlas V rocket. The mission, called Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), will depart from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Among other objectives, the spacecraft will carry more than 400 pounds (200 kg) of NASA cargo and crew supplies to the space station. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT (18:00 UTC) on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and its mobile app. Liftoff is currently scheduled for 2:53 p.m. (18:53 UTC). Watch here. The spacecraft will spend about one day in orbit around Earth before docking at 3:06 p.m. (19:06 UTC) on July 31, 2021.
OFT-2 and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
As a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, OFT-2 is also expected to provide valuable data to the agency. Boeing hopes the uncrewed flight will certify ...