More than 18 months have passed since the first test attempt of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner to reach the International Space Station (ISS) ended in failure. The second attempt to do this will take place on July 30 – it is on this date that the launch is scheduled, approved by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States.
If all goes according to plan, the Starliner will be launched from the launch site at Cape Canaveral on July 30 at 14:53 local time using the Atlas V launch vehicle. If, for some reason, the launch is delayed, then a second launch attempt will take place no earlier than August 3.
The purpose of the mission, which was named Orbital Flight Test-2 and will be carried out in automatic mode without a crew on board, is to test the capabilities of the Starliner. Obviously, from the moment of the previous launch, the ship was modified and passed a series of ground tests, after which it was decided to re-test it in real conditions.
NASA experts intend to assess the ability of the Boeing spacecraft to cope with all aspects of flight, including launch, docking and return to Earth. If this flight is considered successful, then in the future Boeing will be able to proceed to Starliner tests with a crew on board. According to available data, the first manned Starliner flight may take place as early as this year.