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  [Discuss] Boeing CST-100 Starliner OFT mission

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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-06-2019 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please use this topic to discuss Boeing's CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (OFT) uncrewed mission to the International Space Station.

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NASA and its Commercial Crew Program provider Boeing has agreed to move the target launch date for the upcoming inaugural test flight of the CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station.
Boeing's uncrewed Orbital Flight Test is targeted for launch no earlier than April.

The adjustment allows for completion of necessary hardware testing, data verification, remaining NASA and provider reviews, as well as training of flight controllers and mission managers.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-03-2019 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boeing statement
Our Starliner team continues to press toward a launch readiness date later this spring.

We recently cleared the last major test milestones ahead of our uncrewed test flight, and are entering the final phases of production on our Orbital Flight Test vehicle. However, we have only a two-day launch window available in May before we must clear the launch pad to allow for an on-time launch of the U.S. Air Force's AEHF-5 mission.

In order to avoid unnecessary schedule pressure, not interfere with a critical national security payload, and allow appropriate schedule margin to ensure the Boeing, United Launch Alliance and NASA teams are able to perform a successful first launch of Starliner, we made the most responsible decision available to us and will be ready for the next launch pad availability in August, while still allowing for a Crew Flight Test later this year.

issman1
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posted 04-03-2019 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now it's clear why Soyuz MS-16 will launch with two Russian cosmonauts and a Japanese astronaut in March/April 2020. The other USOS crew will launch on the first manned Starliner right around January.

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