Boeing/NASA - Starliner - Orbital Flight Test 2 - SLC 41 - CCSFS - May 20, 2022

Boeing/NASA - Starliner - Orbital Flight Test 2 - SLC 41 - CCSFS - May 20, 2022

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Atlas V to Launch Starliner OFT-2

The launch of OFT-2, Boeing's Starliner CST-100 is now scheduled for May 19, 2022, at 6:54 p.m. EDT / 22:54 UTC / 00:54 CEST (May 20)

The coverage continues through the orbital insertion engine firing for Starliner approximately 31 minutes after launch.

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will launch Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft on its Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the International Space Station. OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight of the Starliner that will demonstrate the spacecraft's human transportation capabilities. This test flight is the last major step before the Atlas V and Boeing's Starliner capsule takes American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

Mission Overview

United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will deliver Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to a 98-nautical mile (nmi) sub-orbital trajectory on its second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2). Following separation from Atlas V, Starliner engines will burn taking it the rest of the way to orbit and onto the International Space Station (ISS). Liftoff will occur from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

Part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), the uncrewed OFT is the second launch of the CST-100 Starliner. The second uncrewed test flight will demonstrate the end-to-end performance of the Atlas V rocket and Starliner spacecraft, including the performance of the guidance, navigation and control systems, ground systems, and operations teams, as well as on-orbit, docking, re-entry, and landing operations. Starliner will land at one of five designated sites in the western United States.

All human launch systems, going back to the Mercury-Atlas, traditionally conduct uncrewed test flights prior to crewed flights. The uncrewed flight will allow the team to thoroughly evaluate all flight data against pre-flight predictions and make any necessary adjustments prior to flying astronauts.