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08/01/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/01/2021 13:16

NASA's Boeing OFT-2: Weather 60% Favorable for Aug. 3 Launch

NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance are targeting 1:20 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 3, for launch of the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the International Space Station.

For a launch Tuesday, meteorologists with the U.S. Space Force 45th Weather Squadron are predicting a 60% chance of favorable weather. The primary weather concerns for launch day are the cumulus cloud rule, lightning rule and thick cloud rule violations during the instantaneous launch window.

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41. Starliner is scheduled to dock to the space station about 1:37 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4.

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch, launch, and docking activities for the agency's Boeing OFT-2.

Mission coverage is as follows (all times Eastern):

Tuesday, Aug. 3

12:30 p.m. - NASA TV launch coverage begins for a targeted 1:20 p.m. liftoff. NASA TV will have continuous coverage through Starliner orbital insertion.

3:30 p.m. (approximately) - Postlaunch news conference on NASA TV.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

10:30 a.m. - NASA TV rendezvous and docking coverage begins.

1:37 p.m. (scheduled) - Docking

Thursday, Aug. 5

8:30 a.m. - NASA TV hatch opening coverage begins

8:40 a.m. - Hatch opening

9:40 a.m. (approximately) - Welcoming remarks

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.

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