Boeing's Starliner set to launch to space station this week

WASHINGTON (July 28): NASA and Boeing are targetting launch of the Starliner (pictured) spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Friday.

According to Xinhua, the launch was scheduled at 2.53 pm 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 pm 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.

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