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December 18, 2019
at 6:50 pm

Jasper Pena


Boeing Starliner is a go for launch Friday!

The Boeing Starliner capsule is on track to launch early Friday morning for its Orbital Flight Test, an unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

The flight is a major milestone in resuming human space launches from American soil.

The Starliner capsule, perched atop of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, is scheduled for liftoff from pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:36 a.m. MST Friday Dec. 20.

To help you keep up-to-date with the latest Starliner news and events, I want to share a few Starliner resources with you, including:

Launch broadcast coverage begins at 3:30 a.m. Dec. 20 on the Starliner website and can also be viewed on NASA TV.

The Starliner is a 21st century capsule developed for NASA’s Commercial Crew program. The spacecraft will be used to send astronauts and time-sensitive experiments to the ISS for NASA missions. Across the United States, Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program has about 400 suppliers representing 38 states, including Arizona. In fact, General Dynamics was on the launch site today where they briefed media on how the road to space travels through Arizona. The local Boeing supplier provides the transceivers out of their Scottsdale location, enabling communications between the Starliner and ground control stations and the International Space Station and other spacecraft. They have been supporting the space mission since Apollo.

Thank you for your interest and support of Boeing in Arizona. Hope you can tune in and witness history!

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