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BOEING STARLINER OFT-2 UNCREWED FLIGHT TEST, ?? 2021, Cape Canaveral, FL

Update, March 1:  NASA said at a briefing today (re the upcoming Crew-2 mission) that the OFT-2 launch will not take place on April 2.  A new date has not been set.  The delay is due largely to the fact that software testing was delayed by the severe winter storm in Texas that took out power throughout the state. Caused about a 2-week delay for OFT-2 readiness and now have to find a slot in the ISS traffic schedule to launch it. Have a Soyuz launch and Crew-2 launch coming up.

Update, February 17: Boeing has delayed the launch to April 2 in this long-winded statement that doesn’t disclose that fact until literally the last line.

Update, January 25:  Boeing has moved the No-Earlier-Than (NET)  launch date UP four days, to March 25.  The company explained via email that:

The Boeing Starliner second uncrewed flight test is now scheduled to launch four days earlier.

NASA and Boeing are targeting March 25 for the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2).

The date change was made possible by:

  • An opening on the Eastern Range
  • Availability of the ULA Atlas V rocket
  • Progress on the spacecraft hardware and software
  • Docking opportunity on the ISS

Original Entry: NASA and Boeing have announced that Boeing will launch the second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) of its Starliner commercial crew spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight on March 29, 2021.  The first OFT was not completely successful in December 2019 and the company decided a reflight is needed before putting astronauts aboard.

Details

Date:
April 2
Time:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm