Starliner OFT-2 Date Announcement & Simulation

Space Coast, FL – Boeing Space has been staying on top of the Starliner OFT-2 mission. The much anticipated second orbital flight test is around the corner for Boeing Space. During that time, they have been waiting for a parking spot on the International Space Station to be open.

NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore & Mike Fincke monitor Starliner OFT-2 launch simulation
NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore & Mike Fincke monitor Starliner OFT-2 launch simulation | Photo: Boeing

Starliner OFT-2 Simulation

Boeing and NASA have recently completed an integrated mission dress rehearsal of Starliner’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 mission. The campaign conducted largely inside Boeing’s Houston-based Avionics and Software Integration Lab (ASIL). It culminated in a five-day end-to-end mission simulation known as the ASIL Mission Rehearsal, or AMR.

Starliner in Boeing Space facility
Starliner in Boeing Space facility | Photo: Boeing

Boeing will be conducting an AMR before every future flight. This will help serve as an additional confidence and integration test. It was a recommendation by the NASA/Boeing Joint Independent Review Team per the result of Starliner’s first test flight. With the conclusion of AMR, all the review team’s recommended actions relating to Starliner software are complete and pending closure by NASA. Both agencies will continue the support of post-test reviews and update the software to include lessons learned from the AMR campaign.

Starliner sealed and set on testing stand inside Boeing facility | Photo: Boeing

The expected launch date and time is Friday, July 30 at 1453 EDT (1853 UTC) for the Starliner OFT-2 mission. It is to launch on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. And it will be docking to the International Space Station for a period of time. From there, it will undock and return to Earth.

Boeing is flying the OFT-2 mission at no cost to NASA or the taxpayer. This is to demonstrate confidence in the Starliner vehicle. As well as, showcase the integrated team’s operational excellence ahead of crewed flight.

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