Watch Boeing’s Starliner NASA Crew Redo Launch Today Following 2019 Blunder
The Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket will launch from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This flight is a test mission called “Orbital Flight Test 2” and will not include any crew members. The capsule will instead have 400 pounds of crew supplies and cargo. The plan is for the capsule to dock at the ISS for ten days. NASA astronauts aboard the ISS will conduct several tests while the capsule is docked. The capsule will then hopefully return to Earth and land in New Mexico via a parachute. NASA has stated, “OFT-2 will provide valuable data that will help NASA certify Boeing's crew transportation system to carry astronauts to and from the space station.”
This is the Starliner’s second test flight. The first test fight occurred in 2019 and was a disaster for Boeing. The spacecraft was unable to reach orbit after an autonomous flight-control system misfired. There were thankfully no crew members aboard and Boeing took the opportunity to practice correcting Starliner's trajectory during the test.
**Update as of August 3rd at 1:09pm: Launch has been postponed due to a technical issue. Next launch window is Wednesday, August 4th at 12:57PM ET.**