CST-100 Starliner to launch on top of an AtlasV
Tomorrow, at 6:36 a.m. EST, United Launch Alliance is launching from SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
This uncrewed mission, known as Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test, is Starliner’s maiden flight to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has worked with several American aerospace industry companies to facilitate the development of U.S. human spaceflight systems since 2010. The goal is to have safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and foster commercial access to other potential low-Earth orbit destinations.
The main objective of the mission is an end-to-end demonstration of Boeing’s ability to launch astronauts to the orbiting laboratory and return them home.
We’re looking forward to sending humans to space from American soil again, since the Space Shuttle program, which ended in 2011. Exciting times are upon us over the next few years and history being made throughout 2020 and beyond.
resources: ULA, Boeing, NASA