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Starliner Part 2, Set To Launch

OK... Let's See If Boeing Can Get It Right This Time

NASA's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to launch at 2:53 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program -- necessitated by a number of mis-steps and failures on the original test flight.

Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. About 31 minutes after launch, Starliner will reach its preliminary orbit. It is scheduled to dock to the space station at 3:06 p.m. Saturday, July 31.

The spacecraft will carry more than 400 pounds of NASA cargo and crew supplies to the space station and return to Earth with more than 550 pounds of cargo, including reusable Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) tanks that provide breathable air to station crew members.

OFT-2 will demonstrate the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket from launch to docking to a return to Earth in the desert of the western United States. The uncrewed mission will reportedly provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station.

FMI: www.nasa.gov

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