For the company’s uncrewed Orbital flight test of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP), the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is destined to launch to the International Space Station. This Starliner was rolled out of Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s o Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 21. It was taken on a transport vehicle to to Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
For the flight test to the space station, the Starliner was hoisted up at the Vertical Integration Facility and secured atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
The rocket which will carry Starliner is Atlas V rocket and it comprises of a booster stage and dual-engine Centaur upper stage, as well as a pair of solid rocket boosters.
The uncrewed flight test is scheduled to launch Dec 17. The valuable data which will be received from Starliner can depict the end-to-end performance of the Atlas V rocket, Starliner spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations.
NASA will use the acquired data to certify Boeing’s crew transportation system for carrying astronauts to and from the space station.
The Boeing and SpaceX is working in partnership with NASA to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil. This will be the first launch since 2011, it will be safe, reliable and cost-effective human transportation to and from the space station. This transportation will increase research time and the opportunity for discovery aboard humanity’s testbed for exploration which includes sending astronauts to the Moon and Mars.