OFT-2 Flight Readiness Review
Cape Canaveral, FL- This Friday, 7/30/21 the Boeing Starliner Capsule will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Liftoff is set for 2:53:32 PM EDT from SLC-41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. This mission will certify the Boeing Starliner to carry a crew at a later date. Last week ULA, Boeing, and NASA teams completed their flight readiness review and they stated in a news briefing after the review that the teams are on track to launch the first crewed mission at some point this year. They also reiterated that all teams are go for Friday’s launch.
The mission known as OFT-2 was attempted back in December of 2019 but failed to reach the International Space Station. The failed mission in 2019 was blamed on a software issue. Friday’s launch with Starliner will dock with the Space Station on August 1st assuming everything goes as planned.
On July 27th NASA will hold a pre-launch news conference. You can watch it live on NASA TV. If you planning to view this launch live, you are encouraged to get to your viewing location early due to the significance of this launch. Space enthusiasts and spectators will pack Titusville and the surrounding area so they can get their view of the launch.