Boeing Starliner capsule launches on critical NASA test flight to space station

5/20/2022 2:42:00 AM

Starliner's second crack at a key shakeout mission is underway.

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Boeing Starliner capsule launches on critical NASA test flight to space station

Starliner 's second crack at a key shakeout mission is underway.

signed multibillion-dollar contracts with NASA's Commercial Crew Program back in 2014.)NASA is relying on Starliner to add a"dissimilar redundancy" to the agency's regular rotation of crews to the ISS. Starliner's successful launch on OFT-2 puts NASA and Boeing one step closer to achieving that shared goal.

An anthropomorphic test device or flight dummy nicknamed Rosie the Rocketeer is seen strapped into a seat in Boeing's Starliner capsule.(Image credit: Boeing)Starliner is on course to rendezvous with the space station on Friday evening (May 20). Once within range, Starliner's novel Vision-based Electro-optical Sensor Tracking Assembly, or VESTA, will lock on to the orbital lab using artificial intelligence to help guide and maneuver the spacecraft during its approach. 

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Boeing’s Starliner Launch Will Bring New Cargo and Science to the Space StationThe uncrewed flight includes a payload of food, provisions and a specialized flight-test dummy Is this a Space Station version of the message to Putin responding to his threats - 'kiss my shiny metal ...' ?

Boeing Starliner spacecraft arrives at Florida launchpad ahead of Thursday liftoff Boeing and United Launch Alliance continue to move forward with Thursday evening's launch to complete the final test needed before Boeing 's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft can fly astronauts to the International Space Station. FOX13

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Boeing makes third attempt to launch its Starliner capsule to the ISS Boeing 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.

SpaceX signed multibillion-dollar contracts with NASA's Commercial Crew Program back in 2014.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.

) NASA is relying on Starliner to add a"dissimilar redundancy" to the agency's regular rotation of crews to the ISS. Starliner's successful launch on OFT-2 puts NASA and Boeing one step closer to achieving that shared goal. EDT (2254 GMT) on Thursday (May 19) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. An anthropomorphic test device or flight dummy nicknamed Rosie the Rocketeer is seen strapped into a seat in Boeing's Starliner capsule.m. (Image credit: Boeing) Starliner is on course to rendezvous with the space station on Friday evening (May 20). 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. Once within range, Starliner's novel Vision-based Electro-optical Sensor Tracking Assembly, or VESTA, will lock on to the orbital lab using artificial intelligence to help guide and maneuver the spacecraft during its approach. Now, Boeing has addressed the valve issue and is ready to try again.

  Following a handful of small propulsion tests, Starliner is scheduled to dock with the ISS around 7 p. “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.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Friday. Rosie rode aboard the first OFT and provided engineers data about G-force exertion on the body during launch.  Astronauts aboard the space station are planning to broadcast welcoming remarks before opening the  hatches between Starliner and the ISS just before noon (1600 GMT) on Saturday (May 21). "But obviously, this is part of the evolution of test," Fincke said. Crewmembers will then unload more than 400 pounds (180 kilograms) of cargo and supplies sent up for the current ISS occupants, most of it food. (Rosie’s main function on OFT-2 will be to provide ballast, mission team members have said. EDT (2200 GMT).

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