NASA and Boeing are about to launch one other check flight of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft in an important mission following a failed try in 2019.
The uncrewed mission will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, Might 19, utilizing a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
ULA has shared a splendidly detailed video (beneath) displaying precisely the way it expects the mission to unfold.
Assuming the check flight goes to plan, the Starliner will dock with the Worldwide House Station (ISS) about 24 hours after launch. It’ll keep on the station for as much as 10 days earlier than returning to Earth in a parachute-assisted touchdown in New Mexico.
The livestream of the uncrewed mission will embody footage of the build-up to launch, in addition to the launch itself. A number of cameras will seize footage of ULA’s Atlas V rocket because it blasts Boeing’s Starliner to area. If the video feed stays intact, the published may also embody major engine cutoff adopted by stage separation, and, simply wanting quarter-hour after launch, the all-important deployment of the Starliner spacecraft.
Within the first mission in 2019, software program points shortly after deployment meant the Starliner failed to achieve its meant orbit, stopping it from touring on to the ISS. With that in thoughts, it’d be a good suggestion to stay with the livestream after deployment for the very newest information on the spacecraft’s journey. Boeing House’s Twitter account may also submit updates.
Boeing’s Orbital Flight Check-2 is presently scheduled to launch from House Launch Complicated-41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:54 p.m. ET (3:54 p.m. PT) on Thursday, Might 19.
You’ll be able to watch the mission through the video participant embedded on the prime of this web page, or by heading to NASA’s web site, which is able to carry the identical real-time feed. Protection will start at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).
There’s all the time an opportunity that last-minute technical points or poor climate situations will immediate NASA to delay the launch. We’ll endeavor to replace this web page with the most recent data. Alternatively, you may verify Boeing House’s tweets for mission updates.