NASA intends to launch on the International Space Station the second uncontrolled spacecraft Boeing CST-100 Starliner for the Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission. The mission is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 1:20 p.m. EDT. Starliner will launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from space complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida, according to an official NASA press release. Nearly 30 minutes after launch, Starliner will perform an orbital insert to begin a day trip to the space station, and docking to the ISS is scheduled for approximately 1:37 p.m. Wednesday.
“The spacecraft will carry more than 400 pounds of cargo and NASA crew to the space station. It will return to Earth with more than 550 pounds of cargo, including tanks to recharge the nitrogen-oxygen system, which provide air respiration for the crew of the station, “- said in a NASA release.
“The OFT-2 will demonstrate the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and the Atlas V-rocket from launch to docking and to return to Earth with a desert landing in the western United States,” he continues.
Developed in collaboration with NASA’s commercial crew program, the Boeing Crew Space Transportation (CST) -100 Starliner spacecraft was designed to accommodate seven passengers for flights into low Earth orbit. In NASA’s official missions to the International Space Station (ISS), it will carry up to four NASA-funded crew members and time-critical research. The 21st Century Boeing Space Capsule can be used up to 10 times with a six-month period of operation and showcases wireless internet technology and tablets for NASA crew.
You can watch the launch live on NASA TV at 12:30 on Tuesday. Continuous lighting through the Starliner orbital insert is planned, and a press conference after the launch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. According to NASA, the deployed mission is expected to receive valuable data for NASA, which certifies the Boeing crew’s transportation system for regular flights to and from the space station.
Wednesday, August 4th
- 10:30 – NASA TV meeting and docking begins.
- 13:37 (according to the schedule) – docking
Thursday, August 5th
- 8:30 – NASA TV hatch opening lights begin
- 8:40 – Hatch opening
- 9:40 (approximately) – greetings
NASA TV launch lighting
NASA TV’s live broadcast will begin at 12:30 on NASA television