Boeing is preparing to launch the Starliner capsule to the space station in May after 2 previous attempts


CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida. – Boeing’s uncrewed Starliner capsule is set to launch from Cape Canaveral in May, the company announced Thursday.

The CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, part of Boeing’s second Uncrewed Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2), is scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on 19 May at 6:54 p.m. EST. .

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This comes after the company canceled two previous attempts in August and October last year due to ongoing technical investigations. Boeing said the most recent attempt was delayed as space officials continued to investigate the causes of the capsule’s service module leaking moisture during the scheduled August 2021 launch.

NASA and Boeing will hold a joint press conference at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3 to discuss the upcoming mission and provide an update on spacecraft readiness.

Kathryn Lueders, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate; Steve Stich, NASA Houston Commercial Crew Program Manager; Dr. Michelle Parker, Vice President and Deputy General Manager of Space and Launch, Boeing; and Mark Nappi, Vice President and Program Director of CST-100 Starliner Boeing will all discuss the ins and outs of the Starliner spacecraft and the Atlas V rocket’s uncrewed mission.

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