Boeing’s Starliner rolls out to the launchpad for OFT-2
Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) teams rolled out the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft from the factory floor to the Vertical Integration Facility to be mated with an Atlas V rocket ahead of Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2).
The company’s second uncrewed flight test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is targeted for 6:54 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 19, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The uncrewed mission will test the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket from launch to docking and return to Earth at one of five designated landing zones in the western United States.
Following successful completion of the OFT-2 mission, NASA and Boeing will determine a launch window for NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test (CFT), Starliner’s first flight with astronauts aboard.
OFT-2 and CFT will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station.
The Boeing Starliner is built by Floridians at Kennedy Space Center, taking advantage of our homegrown workforce’s talent and expertise.