NASA Sets Coverage, Invites Public to Virtually Join Starliner Launch


Technicians prepare Boeings CST-100 Starliner for the companys Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 2.
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Technicians prepare Boeings CST-100 Starliner for the companys Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 2. Part of the agencys Commercial Crew Program, OFT-2 is a critical developmental milestone on the companys path to fly crew missions for NASA.
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NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch, launch, and docking activities for the agencys Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station. Scheduled to launch at 2:53 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight for Boeings CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agencys Commercial Crew Program.

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. Prelaunch activities, launch, and docking will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agencys website.

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-endcapabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket from launch todocking to a return to Earth in the desert of the western United States. The uncrewed mission will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeings crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station.

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