Last Updated on August 3, 2021 by Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller
Here’s an update from our local Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller:
NASA and Boeing are taking another major step on the path to regular human spaceflight launches to the International Space Station on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil with the second uncrewed flight test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner as part of the agency’s Commercial Flight Program.
NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) is targeting launch of the Starliner spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 1:20 p.m. EDT Tuesday, August 3rd, from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Starliner is expected to arrive at the space station for docking Wed., Aug. 4th at 1:37 p.m. EST with more than 400 pounds of NASA cargo and crew supplies.
Though no crew will be onboard the spacecraft for OFT-2; the Starliner commander’s seat will be occupied by Rosie the Rocketeer, the Boeing’s anthropometric test device. During OFT-1, Rosie was outfitted with 15 sensors to collect data on what astronauts will experience during flights on Starliner.
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