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In Photos: Boeing's Starliner Orbital Test Flight 2 Mission As It Prepares For Its Journey Into The Outer Space

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Boeing is all set to launch its Starliner spacecraft on its second uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday (Aug. 3), at 1:20 p.m. EDT (1720 GMT).


The Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2 mission) will remain in the International Space Station for about a week, and then ultimately it would return back to Earth. Its landing back into the Earth will be assisted via a parachute and it will take place in New Mexico.


The main show is the launch itself, which will stream on NASA Television, the NASA app, the agency's website and here at Space.com. The liftoff atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. EDT (1720 GMT) on Tuesday (Aug. 3) from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.


See the first photos of the Starliner as it prepares for its extra-terrestrial journey below. 




If all goes to plan, Starliner will take about 31 minutes to reach its preliminary orbit and then will target a docking the next day with the International Space Station. Starliner tried this meetup once before, on the OFT-1 mission in December 2019, but suffered a series of technical issues that left the capsule stranded in the wrong orbit for a rendezvous.


"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," NASA said in the same statement. "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."


photos obtained courtesy of Space.com

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