Atlas V N22 to launch OFT-2

  • Launch Vehicle: Atlas V N22
  • Mission: OFT-2 (Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, Orbital Flight Test-2)
  • Date / Time: July 30, 2021 at (1853 UTC) 1453 EDT
  • Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

Launch Vehicle:

ULA’s Atlas V rocket is a workhorse for the U.S. military, intelligence community and scientific researchers. Developed as a modular vehicle, each Atlas V is tailored to the needs of its passenger by adding as many as five side-mounted solid rocket boosters for increased lift performance and a variety of available payload fairings in various diameters and lengths to protect satellites during atmospheric ascent. The high-energy Centaur upper stage, which has been used to send spacecraft to every planet in our solar system, is incorporated into Atlas V to deliver the payloads to their intended destinations.

Mission Overview:

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will launch Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft on its Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the International Space Station.

Atlas V in transport to Cape Canaveral SFS.
The Atlas V booster that will launch the Starliner OFT-2 mission leaves the United Launch Alliance (ULA) factory in Decatur, Alabama, to be loaded into RocketShip a 312-foot-long ship | photo: ULA

Information

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will launch Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft on its Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the International Space Station (ISS). OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight of the Starliner that will demonstrate the spacecraft’s human transportation capabilities.

This test flight is the last major step before the Atlas V and Boeing’s Starliner capsule take American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Launch Trajectory

ULA Atlas V - OFT-2 Launch Trajectory
Launch Trajectory of the Atlas V N22 rocket for the OFT-2 mission (trajectory subject to change per ISS positioning) | screenshot from Flight Club

Launch Site

Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), previously Launch Complex 41 (LC-41), is an active launch site at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. As of 2020, the site is used by United Launch Alliance (ULA) for Atlas V launches. Previously, it had been used by the USAF for Titan III and Titan IV launches.

SLC-41 launch pad on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA
Bird eye view of SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA | image: Google Earth

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