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07/27/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/27/2021 08:40

NASA's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 Mission Remains on Target

Teams from NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance completed a launch readiness review on July 27 ahead of NASA's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to the International Space Station. The launch teams are still 'go' for launch of the second uncrewed test flight of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a mission to the microgravity laboratory for the company's second uncrewed flight test.

Launch is scheduled at 2:53 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 30, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

At 1 p.m., NASA will host a prelaunch news briefing at Kennedy Space Center. Participants are:

  • 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

For a launch Friday, meteorologists with the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron are predicting a 40% chance of favorable weather with the primary concerns for launch day are the cumulus cloud rule, surface electric rule and lightning rule violations during the instantaneous launch window.

More details about the mission and NASA's Commercial Crew Program can be found by following the commercial crew blog, @commercial_crew and commercial crew on Facebook.

Learn more about station activities by following @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.