Watch Boeing Starliner Launch to Space Station Live on Space Coast Daily TV July 30

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Scheduled to launch at 2:53 p.m. EDT, WATCH LIVE ON SPACE COAST DAILY TV

NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to launch at 2:53 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, the second uncrewed flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. (NASA image)

(NASA) – NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to launch at 2:53 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, the second uncrewed flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

About 31 minutes after launch, Starliner will reach its preliminary orbit. It is scheduled to dock to the space station at 3:06 p.m. Saturday, July 31.

Prelaunch activities, launch, and docking will air live on Space Coast Daily TV the NASA app, and the NASA website.

The spacecraft will carry more than 400 pounds of NASA cargo and crew supplies to the space station and return to Earth with more than 550 pounds of cargo, including reusable Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) tanks that provide breathable air to station crew members.

OFT-2 will demonstrate the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket from launch to docking to a return to Earth in the desert of the western United States.

The uncrewed mission will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station. (NASA image)

The uncrewed mission will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station.

The deadline has passed for media accreditation for in-person coverage of this launch. More information about media accreditation is available by emailing: ksc-media-accreditat@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA has updated its coronavirus (COVID-19) policies to remain consistent with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

Credentialed media will receive additional details from the media operations team at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA’s Boeing OFT-2 mission coverage is as follows (all times Eastern):

Thursday, July 22

6 p.m. – Flight Readiness Review (FRR) Media Teleconference at Kennedy (or no earlier than one hour after completion of the FRR), with the following participants:

■ Kathryn Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA
■ Norm Knight, director, Flight Operations Directorate
■ Steve Stich, manager, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
■ Joel Montalbano, manager, NASA’s International Space Station Program
■ John Vollmer, vice president and program manager, Boeing Commercial Crew Program

Tuesday, July 27

TBD – Prelaunch News Conference on NASA TV (or no earlier than one hour after completion of the Launch Readiness Review):

■ Steve Stich, manager, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
■ Joel Montalbano, manager, NASA’s International Space Station Program
■ Jennifer Buchli, deputy chief scientist, NASA’s International Space Station Program
■ John Vollmer, vice president and program manager, Boeing Commercial Crew Program
■ Gary Wentz, vice president, Government and Commercial Programs, ULA
■ Will Ulrich, launch weather officer, U.S. Space Force, 45th Weather Squadron

Thursday, July 29

10:30 a.m. – NASA Administrator Media and Social Briefing on NASA TV, with the following participants:

■ NASA Administrator Bill Nelson
■ NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy
■ Janet Petro, director, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
■ Chris Ferguson, director, Starliner Mission Operations and Integration/Crew Systems
■ Barry “Butch” Wilmore, NASA astronaut, Crew Flight Test
■ E. Michael “Mike” Fincke, NASA astronaut, Crew Flight Test
■ Nicole Mann, NASA astronaut, Crew Flight Test
■ Jennifer Buchli, deputy chief scientist, NASA’s International Space Station Program

Friday, July 30

2 p.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins. NASA TV will have continuous coverage through Starliner orbital insertion.

4 p.m. (approximately) – Postlaunch news conference on NASA TV:

Saturday, July 31

12 p.m. – NASA TV rendezvous and docking coverage begins

3:06 p.m. (approximately) – Docking

Sunday, Aug. 1

9:15 a.m. – NASA TV hatch opening and welcoming remarks coverage begins

9:35 a.m. (approximately) – Hatch opening and welcoming remarks about 10:35 a.m.

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