Boeing's Starliner to fly crucial OFT-2 test flight to space station this week at long last

Boeing's Starliner to fly crucial OFT-2 test flight to space station this week at long last

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Boeing's Starliner to fly crucial OFT-2 test flight to space station this week at long last.
Boeing's Starliner capsule is all set to launch on the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Following a May 11 flight readiness review, NASA and Boeing are targeting an instantaneous launch window of May 19 at 6:54 p.m.
EDT (2254 GMT) for liftoff of Starliner atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
This will be Starliner's second attempt to rendezvous and dock with the ISS, and a critical step in NASA's certification of the Boeing spacecraft for human passengers.
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Starliner's first OFT mission, in December 2019, literally fell short of expectations, failing to achieve the necessary orbit to reach the International Space Station due to software glitches.
Boeing readied Starliner for a do-over in early August 2021, but preflight checks hours before liftoff revealed problems in over half of the oxidizer valves in Starliner's propulsion system, and the launch was scrubbed.