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Starliner’s Atlas V fueled for launch

(Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

The Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 area capsule is now totally fueled for its launch tonight at 6:54 p.m. EDT (2254 GMT). 

„The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket that may raise the automobile into area is now fueled and configured for steady replenish,“ Boeing reported in a standing replace. „Moreover, the pad staff has been cleared to re-enter Area Launch Complicated-41 for spacecraft closeout operations.“

The Starliner spacecraft’s service module oxidation valves accomplished their last biking verify earlier than launch and are working nicely. Caught valves in that system are what stalled the July 2021 launch try for Starliner. 

„The valves have been cycled seven instances since propellant loading on the manufacturing facility,“ Boeing wrote in an replace. „As a part of customary prelaunch ops, at about L-Half-hour, they’ll be opened for flight.“

Viewers in southeastern US may even see OFT-2 launch: Visibility map

Visibility map for the OFT-2 launch to the International Space Station on May 19, 2022.

Visibility map for the OFT-2 launch on Might 19, 2022. (Picture credit score: ULA by way of Twitter)

For those who reside close to the Atlantic coast within the southeastern United States, you would possibly be capable of catch a glimpse of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying Boeing’s Starliner capsule into the sky this night (Might 19) on its OFT-2 mission. 

OFT-2 is scheduled to launch at 6:54 p.m. EDT (2254 GMT) from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Area Power Station. Will you be capable of see it? Learn extra in our launch-visibility story.

Launch day for Boeing Starliner OFT-2

Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 spacecraft and its Atlas V rocket roll to the launch pad on Might 18, 2022. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

It’s launch day as soon as once more for Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 check flight to the Worldwide Area Station, with the launch time set for six:54 p.m. EDT (2254 GMT) tonight. 

Boeing’s second Starliner spacecraft and its Atlas V rocket will launch on an uncrewed check flight to area station to show its prepared to hold astronauts to and from the station for NASA. The mission has been a longtime coming. 

A December 2019 check flight launched into orbit however failed to achieve the station. That was OFT-1. Then, in July 2021, an try to launch OFT-2 was stalled as a consequence of caught thruster valves. Now, Boeing has addressed the valve challenge and is able to attempt once more. 

The United Launch Alliance, which constructed the Atlas V rocket, rolled the booster out to its pad at Area Launch Complicated 40 on the Cape Canaveral Area Power Station yesterday. The first NASA astronauts who will launch on Starliner – Sunita Williams, Mike Fincke and Butch Wilmore – informed reporters Wednesday that they are excited to look at Starliner launch on its OFT-2 mission since it can set the stage for their very own Crew Flight Take a look at-1 mission within the close to future. 

NASA’s webcast for the launch will start at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT). You possibly can watch the Boeing Starliner launch reside by way of liftoff. Here is a webcast schedule from NASA:

Thursday, Might 19

  • 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT): Launch protection begins NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 from the Cape Canaveral Area Power Station, Fla.
  • 6:54 pm EDT (2254 GMT): Launch, with protection continues by way of the orbital insertion engine firing for Starliner roughly 31 minutes after liftoff. 
  • 9 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT on Might 20): NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 post-launch information convention (time topic to vary) 

Friday, Might 20

  • 3:30 p.m. EDT (1930 GMT): Protection of the rendezvous and docking on the Worldwide Area Station
  • 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT): Docking 

Saturday, Might 21

  • 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT): Protection of the opening of the hatch to NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 automobile on the Worldwide Area Station 
  • 11:45 a.m. EDT (1545 GMT): Hatch opening, protection will proceed by way of welcoming remarks by the crew)
  • 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT): Welcoming remarks by the Expedition 67 crew on the arrival of NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 automobile to the Worldwide Area Station

— Tariq Malik

Starliner on observe for Might 19 launch of OFT-2 mission

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft rolls out from the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 4, 2022.

(Picture credit score: NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

Boeing’s Starliner astronaut taxi is all set for a Thursday (Might 19) launch of OFT-2, an important uncrewed flight to the Worldwide Area Station. 

Boeing, NASA, and United Launch Alliance, which is supplying OFT-2’s Atlas V rocket, held a launch readiness assessment for the mission as we speak (Might 17), and all the pieces went nicely. „It was brief; it was very clear. There’s actually no points that ULA, Boeing or NASA are working for the launch developing,“ Steve Stich, supervisor of NASA’s Business Crew Program, mentioned throughout a press convention as we speak. Learn our full story right here.

NASA, Boeing prelaunch information convention as we speak

NASA and Boeing will maintain a prelaunch information convention as we speak, Might 17, at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) to debate launch plans for Boeing’s OFT-2 Starliner check flight to the Worldwide Area Station and you’ll watch it reside on-line. 

The press convention can be carried reside on NASA TV and you’ll watch the briefing on the Area.com homepage at begin time. Talking within the convention can be: 

  • Steve Stich, supervisor, NASA’s Business Crew Program
  • Dana Weigel, deputy supervisor, NASA’s Worldwide Area Station Program
  • Mark Nappi, vp and program supervisor, Boeing Business Crew Program
  • Gary Wentz, vp, Authorities and Business Applications, ULA
  • Will Ulrich, launch climate officer, U.S. Area Power, forty fifth Climate Squadron, Area Launch Delta 45

Boeing’s Starliner OFT-2 mission is scheduled to launch on an Atlas V rocket on Might 19 from Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida. Liftoff is about for six:54 p.m. EDT (2254 GMT). 

The mission is an uncrewed check flight to the Worldwide Area Station to show out the Starliner spacecraft’s programs forward of a crewed industrial flight for NASA.

Starliner is ‚go‘ for Might 19 launch to area station

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft sits atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 4, 2022.

(Picture credit score: United Launch Alliance)

NASA has cleared Boeing’s Starliner capsule for a deliberate Might 19 launch on Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 (OFT-2), an important uncrewed mission to the Worldwide Area Station.

The choice got here after a prolonged flight readiness assessment on Wednesday (Might 11). Learn extra right here.

OFT-2 was initially presupposed to launch in August 2021, however technicians found that 13 of the 24 oxidizer valves within the capsule’s propulsion system had been caught. Diagnosing and troubleshooting this challenge ended taking about eight months.

Starliner will return to the manufacturing facility for troubleshooting

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Boeing’s Starliner is heading again to the processing facility for added checks, and the OFT-2 mission continues to be delayed indefinitely.

„We have decided #Starliner will return to our manufacturing facility for deeper-level troubleshooting of 4 propulsion system valves. With @NASA, we have determined to face down for this launch window to make manner for different nationwide precedence missions,“ Boeing tweeted as we speak. You possibly can learn the total replace from Boeing right here. 

Starliner OFT-2 replace coming as we speak

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Boeing's Starliner spacecraft sit on Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at sunset on Aug. 2, 2021 for the OFT-2 mission to the International Space Station.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft sit on Area Launch Complicated 41 at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station at sundown, on Aug. 2, 2021. (Picture credit score: ULA)

NASA and Boeing are holding a information convention as we speak at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) to debate the most recent delays of the Starliner OFT-2 mission. You possibly can hearken to the teleconference reside right here at Area.com, courtesy of NASA.

Learn extra: Caught valves on Boeing’s Starliner maintain important area station check flight on maintain

Again inside for Starliner

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Boeing’s Starliner atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket has rolled again into the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station to permit technicians to proceed troubleshooting a glitch that interfered with Tuesday’s scheduled launch. Learn extra.

Boeing postpones launch indefinitely

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Boeing has determined to step again from the Wednesday (Aug. 4) launch goal for Starliner after discovering a valve within the propulsion system in an improper place and never having the ability to shortly establish the reason for the anomaly.

„We will let the info lead our work,“ John Vollmer, vp and program supervisor for Boeing’s Business Crew Program, mentioned in a assertion. „Our staff has labored diligently to make sure the security and success of this mission, and we won’t launch till our automobile is performing nominally and our groups are assured it is able to fly.“

Learn our story concerning the indefinite launch delay right here.

Launch is scrubbed

Per Boeing’s Twitter: „We’re confirming as we speak’s #Starliner Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 launch is scrubbed. Extra particulars quickly.“

Countdown enters deliberate maintain

Starliner’s Atlas V rocket has simply entered a deliberate four-hour maintain at T-minus 4 minutes earlier than launch, United Launch Alliance experiences on Twitter. The prolonged maintain is to simulate the procedures earlier than an astronaut crew enters the spacecraft. Whereas that is not occurring as we speak (this launch is an uncrewed check), ULA says it plans to simulate crew ingress procedures throughout Orbital Take a look at Flight-2.

Launch forecast at 50 %

United Launch Alliance experiences that the climate forecast stands at 50-50 for the time of the Atlas V launch with Boeing’s Starliner on board, at 1:20 p.m. EDT (1720 GMT). That mentioned, the present climate has „no risk of lightning for the Blue Workforce’s entrance into the launch pad and for his or her work“ at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station, ULA mentioned on Twitter.

Fueling full

United Launch Alliance despatched a Twitter replace informing that the fuelling of the Atlas V rocket is full. The corporate says the rocket is thus far on observe to launch on time at 1:20 p.m. EDT (1720 GMT), though in fact that can even rely upon climate.

Launch preparations proceed

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Launch is coming quickly! United Launch Alliance personnel are busy filling the rocket’s first stage with gasoline about 5 hours earlier than lift-off.

NASA astronauts are excited for the launch

NASA astronauts cannot wait to see Starliner fly as we speak. The mission marks an important milestone earlier than they and their colleagues will be capable of give the capsule a spin for themselves. Learn extra.

Atlas V and Starliner are „now in launch place“

Boeing's Starliner capsule and its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket roll out to their launch pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Aug. 2, 2021.

(Picture credit score: NASA by way of Twitter)

The Atlas V rocket and Starliner spacecraft returned to the launch pad early this morning after ready out the launch delay contained in the Vertical Integration Facility. See photographs of their second rollout right here

„Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is now in launch place on Area Launch Complicated 41 at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida,“ Boeing mentioned in an replace. „The Starliner, which is mated to the highest of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, rolled to the launch pad on practice tracks at a pace of about 1 mph from the Vertical Integration Facility, positioned about 1 mile from the launch web site.“

You possibly can preview the OFT-2 mission in a brand new video animation under:

Again out to the pad!

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After spending the weekend inside in case of unhealthy climate, Starliner and its Atlas V rocket at the moment are headed again out to the launch pad in preparation for tomorrow’s flight.

Climate forecast: 60% go for launch

Meteorologists with the U.S. Area Power’s forty fifth Climate Squadron at the moment are predicting a 60% probability of favorable climate for liftoff on Tuesday.

„The first climate issues for launch day are the cumulus cloud rule, lightning rule and thick cloud rule violations in the course of the instantaneous launch window,“ NASA officers wrote in an replace.

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Forecasting launch day’s climate

Will unhealthy climate intervene with Tuesday’s launch? Possibly, or the rocket may blast off earlier than the storms roll in. Learn extra.

OFT-2 in photos

Whereas we wait out the launch delay, take a look at the total story of OFT-2 in photographs with this gallery.

Starliner heads again inside

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard is seen as it’s rolled again to the Vertical Integration Facility from the launch pad at Area Launch Complicated 41 to keep away from inclement climate, Friday, July 30, 2021 at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida. (Picture credit score: NASA/Joel Kowsky)

With launch delayed to no sooner than Tuesday (Aug. 3) and unhealthy climate anticipated to hit the Area Coast, the Starliner capsule and its Atlas V rocket headed off the launch pad for shelter. Learn extra right here.

New launch date introduced

NASA officers introduced throughout a information convention that Starliner will now goal launch on Tuesday (Aug. 3) at 1:20 p.m. EDT (1720 GMT). If that launch date holds, the capsule will arrive on the Worldwide Area Station on Wednesday (Aug. 4). Learn extra.

Starliner launch delayed

NASA and Boeing have delayed Friday’s deliberate launch of the uncrewed Starliner OFT-2 mission and are establishing a brand new launch date, based on a NASA assertion. The delay comes after Russia’s Nauka module briefly tilted the Worldwide Area Station by firing its thrusters in an unplanned maneuver you could examine right here.

We’ll replace with a brand new launch date as quickly as potential.

„Success in spaceflight is achieved by tens of millions of components coming collectively and dealing in excellent concord,“ Boeing officers wrote in a assertion concerning the delay. „That is the character of our enterprise, and that requires endurance. We stand able to launch the CST-100 Starliner when the time is correct, as we help NASA on the Worldwide Area Station.“

Starliner and Atlas V roll out

ULA’s 172-foot (52 meters) Atlas V rocket, with Starliner secured on prime, left the Vertical Integration Facility as we speak (July 29) and rolled out to its launch pad, Area Launch Complicated 41 at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida. Learn our rollout story right here.

(Picture credit score: United Launch Alliance)

L-1 Day!

What is the large take care of this launch? Don’t fret, we have you coated. Take a look at a deep dive on Boeing’s bumpy trip to the launchpad and brush up on each facet of the mission, from what’s on board to what comes subsequent.

Starliner spends yet one more evening on the VIF

(Picture credit score: Boeing/Twitter)

Boeing simply shared a brand new picture of its Starliner spacecraft contained in the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station because the Atlas V rocket awaits its delayed rollout to the launchpad, now scheduled for 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT) tomorrow (Thursday, July 29). 

„Storms rolled in, so Starliner didnt roll out,“ Boeing tweeted as we speak. „#Starliner and #AtlasV are secure within the @ulalaunch Vertical Integration Facility and able to roll tomorrow morning.“

Atlas V rocket rollout delayed

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket stands able to obtain its treasured cargo — Boeing’s Starliner for the OFT-2 mission — on the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Area Launch Complicated-41 at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida, on July 17, 2021.  (Picture credit score: ULA)

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Boeing had initially deliberate to move the Atlas V rocket for the OFT-2 mission to the launchpad this morning, however the rollout has been postponed till Thursday (July 29), starting at 8 a.m. EDT (1200 GMT). 

„The delay is because of an web service supplier outage that might not be resolved earlier than the onset of predicted climate exceeding operational constraints. The OFT-2 launch, deliberate for Friday, July 30, at 2:53 p.m. EDT, stays on observe,“ NASA officers wrote in a weblog submit

Talking of climate, at present the forecast is trying solely 40% favorable for Starliner’s deliberate launch on Saturday. „Right now, the likelihood of violation stays at 60%, with the first issues being the Cumulus Cloud, Floor Electrical Fields, and Lightning Guidelines,“ the U.S. Area Power’s forty fifth Climate Squadron mentioned within the newest climate replace. 

Boeing’s plan for the flight

Compensate for the plan for Starliner’s second uncrewed launch with this video from Boeing.

Starliner OFT-2 prelaunch briefing begins now!

NASA and Boeing are about to start as we speak’s prelaunch information convention for the Starliner OFT-2 mission. The briefing begins at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), and you’ll watch that reside right here on Area.com, courtesy of NASA TV. 

Launch climate replace

(Picture credit score: John Grant/Boeing)

The launch climate forecast for Friday’s deliberate launch of the Starliner OFT-2 mission at present predicts solely a 40% probability of acceptable situations for liftoff, based on an replace from the U.S. Area Power’s Area Launch Delta 45 Climate Squadron

NASA and Boeing officers will maintain a prelaunch information convention for OFT-2 tomorrow (July 27) at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT). You possibly can watch that reside right here on Area.com, courtesy of NASA TV. 

(Picture credit score: Kim Shiflett/NASA)

The CST-100 Starliner capsule has handed its flight readiness assessment (FRR) for the upcoming liftoff, which can kick off the uncrewed Orbital Flight Take a look at 2 (OFT-2) mission to the station, NASA and Boeing representatives introduced as we speak (July 22). Learn the total story right here.

Over the weekend, engineers mated the Starliner spacecraft to its Atlas V rocket, marking a key milestone forward of the mission’s launch subsequent week. See the photographs right here.



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