(Updated) NASA, Boeing to provide update on Starliner Crew Flight Test to space station
- United States
NASA and Boeing will update the media on the progress of the Crew Flight Test (CFT) of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station.
NASA's Boeing Crew Flight Test will take NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Sunita "Suni" Williams to and from the space station and will prove the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner system. The mission will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida no earlier than April 2023.
Following a successful crewed test flight, the agency will begin the final process of certifying the Starliner spacecraft and systems for regular crew rotation flights to the space station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
At the upcoming media teleconference, scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 29, the managers will share a mission status and discuss upcoming milestones ahead of Starliner's first crewed flight. Live audio coverage of the teleconference will stream on the agency’s website.
🗓@NASA and @BoeingSpace will host a media teleconference at 2pm EDT Wednesday, March 29, to provide an update on the Crew Flight Test of the CST-100 #Starliner spacecraft to the @Space_Station. Tune in: https://t.co/N53BRVeHL7 pic.twitter.com/8lAc02sstW— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 27, 2023
NASA's Boeing Crew Flight Test (CFT) to the International Space Station is scheduled to launch no earlier than Friday, July 21, pending coordination for the U.S Eastern Range availability.
"The new target date provides NASA and Boeing the necessary time to complete subsystem verification testing and close out test flight certification products and aligns with the space station manifest and range launch opportunities," NASA said on Wednesday.
At the media teleconference, the mission managers revealed that the Starliner spacecraft build is complete and the Atlas V rocket readiness assessment is also done.