Boeing’s Starliner Launch Facing Several Months of Delay

  • The purpose of the CST-Starliner and when we can expect the aircraft to take off
  • Who will be apart of the joint conference taking place August 13th

NASA and Boeing have been discussing the status of the Orbital Flight Test-2 mission. The uncrewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station will be talked about at the joint conference Today, Friday August 13th. The members attending the conference will be Kathryn Leuders NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, Joel Montalbano, manager or NASA’s International Space Station Program, Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, John Vollmer, vice president and program manager of Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program.

The OFT-2 mission will launch Starliner on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. After launch, Starliner will dock to the space station before returning to Earth in the western United States as part of an end-to-end test flight to prove the system is ready to fly with crew aboard. Boeing Co. ’s Starliner space capsule launch could be delayed several months as the company will likely need to remove it from atop a rocket for repairs. Such a delay would be a setback for Boeing’s space program. The company has spent years developing the Starliner and was supposed to launch it late last month to dock with the International Space Station, without crew on board—after a failed attempt a year and a half ago. 

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