Boeing launched an uncrewed Starliner capsule on a mission to the International Space Station
The capsule should dock on Friday.
The Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing Starliner. Photo: NASA/Kim ShiflettBoeing on Thursday launched an uncrewed Starliner capsule on a mission to the International Space Station.Why it matters:The launch is a crucial moment for Boeing, which plans to use its Starliner capsule to take NASA astronauts to the space station in the coming years and compete with SpaceX.
What's happening:The Starliner took flight atop its Atlas V rocket from Florida at about 6:54 p.m. ET.The capsule is now making its way through space, with docking to the space station expected on Friday.You can watch docking coverage Friday viastarting at 3:30 pm ET, with docking expected at about 7:10 pm ET.Read more: Axios »
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Boeing makes third attempt to launch its Starliner capsule to the ISSBoeing will try yet again to send the capsule it designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station on a successful, uncrewed test mission
Boeing Will Again Try to Launch Starliner Spacecraft for NASAThe aerospace giant’s astronaut capsule has yet to complete a successful test flight to the space station, while SpaceX has carried seven crews into orbit.
Boeing Is Ready to Launch Starliner, a Rival to SpaceX’s DragonThe company’s uncrewed spacecraft will fly to the International Space Station , and if successful, will give NASA astronauts another way to get to orbit. They haven’t even put redesigned valves on it yet. There needs to be another test after this.
Axios on email The Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing Starliner.Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station is poised to launch at 6:54 p.On Wednesday, teams rolled the 172-foot-tall ULA Atlas V rocket and Starliner from the hangar to the launchpad, Space Launch Complex-41, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.Atlas V rocket will launch on an uncrewed test flight to space station to prove its ready to carry astronauts to and from the station for NASA.
Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett Boeing on Thursday launched an uncrewed Starliner capsule on a mission to the International Space Station. Why it matters: The launch is a crucial moment for Boeing, which plans to use its Starliner capsule to take NASA astronauts to the space station in the coming years and compete with SpaceX. EDT (2254 GMT) on Thursday (May 19) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. What's happening: The Starliner took flight atop its Atlas V rocket from Florida at about 6:54 p.m.m. OFT-2 will carry more than 500 pounds (225 kilograms) of cargo to the orbital laboratory, at least 440 pounds (200 kg) of which consists of food and supplies for the station’s current crew. ET. Now, Boeing has addressed the valve issue and is ready to try again.
The capsule is now making its way through space, with docking to the space station expected on Friday. “Closing representation gaps in our company and our industry is a priority for Boeing, and inspiring diverse students to pursue careers in aerospace is an important part of that effort,” Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun said in a statement last year. The spacecraft's commander seat will have a manikin named "Rosie the Rocketeer. You can watch docking coverage Friday via starting at 3:30 pm ET, with docking expected at about 7:10 pm ET. Background: At the moment, SpaceX is the only U. Rosie rode aboard the first OFT and provided engineers data about G-force exertion on the body during launch.S. "But obviously, this is part of the evolution of test," Fincke said. company able to fly people to the ISS. (Rosie’s main function on OFT-2 will be to provide ballast, mission team members have said. EDT (2200 GMT).
Both Boeing and SpaceX were awarded NASA contracts to help develop their human spaceflight systems in order to end the space agency's reliance on Russian systems after the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. Between the lines: first uncrewed Starliner mission to the space station in 2019 ended after major issues prevented the capsule from making it to the orbiting outpost. These freighters ferry large cargo loads to the ISS, and the reusable Dragon brings gear back down as well. An isolated shower and cloud cover can't be ruled out for launch day as Florida's rainy season is underway. The malfunctions that thwarted the first test were so severe that they could have resulted in the loss of the capsule. This week's test was initially expected in August 2021, but issues with the Starliner capsule delayed it until this year.) Speaking to the advantages of NASA’s commercial crew program at a briefing in the runup to the first planned OFT-2 launch attempt last year, NASA’s deputy chief scientist for the International Space Station Program, Jennifer Buchli, pointed out the advantages of being able to transport a larger number of astronauts and science gear at a faster rate, something that Starliner could help bring about: “Having more crew on orbit and more cargo back and forth from ISS means we can do more science,” Buchli said. Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect the launch of the Starliner to orbit. If the launch delays to Friday's backup window, weather conditions will deteriorate as winds push moisture up from the Caribbean increasing rain and cloud cover concerns. 6:54 pm EDT (2254 GMT): Launch, with coverage continues through the orbital insertion engine firing for Starliner approximately 31 minutes after liftoff.
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