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
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.
The rocket is scheduled to lift off Thursday at 6:54 p.m. ET, sending the Starliner on its journey to the space station. No one will be on board this flight, but the Orbital Flight Test-2 is the final step before a test flight with astronauts later this year. The spacecraft's commander seat will have a manikin named "Rosie the Rocketeer." Her seat will be outfitted with sensors to collect data and better understand what human astronauts will experience.
NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore said the astronauts who have been training to fly on Starliner are jealous of the manikin that gets to take the trip. "But obviously, this is part of the evolution of test," Fincke said. "We need to go up, fly the spacecraft without humans on it, demonstrate the automated systems and come back safely … we're thrilled for this because the next one is us."
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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.Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station is poised to launch at 6:54 p.(BA.New York (CNN Business)Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company, a primary US defense contractor, and a titan of a global aviation duopoly.
After the 1,800-foot journey, the vehicle will be prepped for lift-off and begin fueling. The rocket is scheduled to lift off Thursday at 6:54 p. EDT (2254 GMT) on Thursday (May 19) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.m. Before the delays, SIA had expected to receive by the end of 2023 the first of the 31 777X planes it has on order, Chief Executive Goh Choon Phong told analysts and media. ET, sending the Starliner on its journey to the space station. 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.  No one will be on board this flight, but the Orbital Flight Test-2 is the final step before a test flight with astronauts later this year.After initially giving SpaceX closer scrutiny than Boeing, officials later said they regretted that as many of Starliner's issues slipped through the cracks.
The spacecraft's commander seat will have a manikin named "Rosie the Rocketeer. “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. "We do have some flexibility in terms of making up for any potential loss of capacity," he said, referring to the airline's fleet plan." Her seat will be outfitted with sensors to collect data and better understand what human astronauts will experience.  NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore said the astronauts who have been training to fly on Starliner are jealous of the manikin that gets to take the trip. Rosie rode aboard the first OFT and provided engineers data about G-force exertion on the body during launch.  "But obviously, this is part of the evolution of test," Fincke said. SIA said passenger capacity would average about 61% of pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter and 67% in the second quarter of the current financial year. "We need to go up, fly the spacecraft without humans on it, demonstrate the automated systems and come back safely … we're thrilled for this because the next one is us. (Rosie’s main function on OFT-2 will be to provide ballast, mission team members have said.Read MoreNASA astronauts Suni Williams, left, Barry"Butch" Wilmore, center, and Mike Fincke, right, watch as a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard is rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 41 ahead of the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
" More than 24 hours ahead of the launch, forecasters with the Space Force 45th Weather Squadron predict a 70% chance of favorable weather for liftoff.  An isolated shower and cloud cover can't be ruled out for launch day as Florida's rainy season is underway. These freighters ferry large cargo loads to the ISS, and the reusable Dragon brings gear back down as well.com Register Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Clarence Fernandez Our Standards: Auto File Subscribe to our auto newsletter to get the latest news that are driving the global automotive industry. Those isolated showers are expected to develop near or west of the launch site during the countdown, according to the 4th Weather Squadron forecast. The primary concerns for the instant launch window will include the Cumulus Cloud and the Anvil Cloud Rules.) 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. 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. Boeing's awards totaled $4.
Starliner will dock at the ISS around 7 p.” To date, NASA has completed over 3,000 experiments on the orbital lab, which has hosted rotating astronaut crews continuously since late 2000.m. Friday or 24 hours after launch if all goes well. However, it does not appear that Starliner will be transporting much meaningful science gear for the orbiting lab on the coming mission. This will be Boeing's third attempt to complete the orbital flight test since 2019. In 2014, NASA selected SpaceX and Boeing to develop spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from the ISS under the agency's Commercial Crew Program.” (CFT stands for “Crew Flight Test,” the first Starliner astronaut mission, which Boeing and NASA plan to launch late this year if all goes well with OFT-2.And almost immediately after Starliner launched on December 20, 2019, it was clear something was wrong.
FOX Weather Both Boeing and SpaceX agreed to complete uncrewed flight tests to the ISS before flying humans. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft recently launched its fourth long-term mission with NASA astronauts. Testing whether or not Starliner is ready for astronauts is crucial before strapping them onboard for a crewed flight. In February, the agency bought three more commercial crew missions from SpaceX for $3 billion. Boeing's first attempt to complete the OFT in 2019 ended 48 hours after launch due to a computer glitch. To do this, the vehicle will use an instrument known as the Vision-based Electro-optical Sensor Tracking Assembly, or VESTA. Another try in August 2021 was called off before launching when engineers discovered that valves . Boeing agreed to fix the issues and pay for a second attempt at the uncrewed test flight, setting aside nearly half a billion dollars.