I saw this announcement last night on Space.com – Boeing’s Starliner could launch to the space station in December: : https://www.space.com/boeing-orbital-flight-test-2-december-2020-launch.html. The article also has a video clip. The article is longer, but decided to keep it brief. Worth a read if you are into space stuff.
Boeing is giving the Orbital Flight Test mission another shot before launching astronauts to the International Space Station.
Boeing is now planning to launch the second uncrewed test flight of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft no earlier than December, the company announced Friday (Aug. 28).
The mission, called Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2), will be Boeing’s second attempt at launching its new astronaut taxi to the International Space Station, following a partial failure that prevented the Starliner spacecraft from reaching the station during the OFT-1 mission in December 2019.
Once the company has demonstrated that the new space vehicle can safely ferry astronauts to and from the space station, it will be able to start launching astronauts to the orbiting lab as early as June 2021, NASA officials said in a statement.
Starliner’s first crewed mission, called Crew Flight Test, will send NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson to the space station. If that crewed test flight is successful, Boeing could start flying operational crewed missions as soon as December 2021, NASA added in the statement.
Boeing’s first operational crewed flight, called Starliner 1, will bring NASA astronauts Jeanette Epps, Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada to the space station. All Starliner missions will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.