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Boeings Starliner set to launch to space station this week


The Starliner spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the International Space Station at 3:06 p.m. Saturday.

NASA and Boeing are targeting launch of the Starliner spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Friday.

The launch was scheduled at 2:53 p.m. Eastern Day Time Friday from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, according to NASA.

About 31 minutes after launch, Starliner will reach its preliminary orbit. It is scheduled to dock to the International Space Station (ISS) at 3:06 p.m. Saturday.

Various tests have been completed to ensure all systems between the rocket and spacecraft are communicating and functioning properly before rollout to the pad, said Boeing on Tuesday.

The integrated Starliner and the Atlas V is set to rollout to the launch pad on Wednesday.

Starliner's last mission was in December 2019, when it failed to dock with the ISS due to an orbit insertion anomaly.

Published : July 28, 2021

By : xinhua