Boeing’s Starliner is moving closer to a scheduled uncrewed launch to the International Space Station (ISS). With the stacking of the vehicle and the preflight checks underway, it’s an exciting milestone for space exploration and research.
The Starliner team’s next mission will be an Orbital Flight Test, slated for later in December, where the spacecraft will dock with ISS carrying a test dummy named Rose, an homage to Rosie the Riveter. In the near future, NASA Astronauts Chris Ferguson, Mike Fincke, and Nicole Mann will blast-off to the ISS to work on important scientific research projects aboard the station.
The Starliner will sit at the top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, which will carry Starliner to space on its inaugural mission from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Stay tuned for more details on the launch and where you can watch this historic event live.