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NASA to Conduct Orbital Flight Test-2 for Boeing’s Reusable Starliner Onboard an Atlas V rocket

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Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Tuesday, August 3, Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

This is the second uncrewed test flight of the Starliner, scheduled to lift off at 1:20 p.m. EDT (17:20 UTC) .

This Commercial Crew mission, called Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), will test the end-to-end capabilities of Starliner from launch to docking at the International Space Station, atmospheric re-entry, and a desert landing in the western United States. Following a successful completion of the OFT-2 mission, we are targeting late 2021 for the Boeing Crew Flight Test, Starliner’s first flight with astronauts aboard.

About 30 minutes after launch, Starliner will perform its orbital insertion burn to begin its daylong trip to the space station.

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

Orbital Flight Test-2 (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 with a desert landing in the western United States. The uncrewed mission will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for regular flights to and from the space station.

One thought on “NASA to Conduct Orbital Flight Test-2 for Boeing’s Reusable Starliner Onboard an Atlas V rocket

  1. Another rocket that looks exactly like my John Thomas.

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