How to watch crucial test flight of Starliner spacecraft

NASA and Boeing are set to launch another test flight of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a crucial mission after a failed attempt in 2019.

The uncrewed mission will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, May 19, using a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

ULA has shared a wonderfully detailed video (below) showing exactly how they expect the mission to play out.

Assuming the test flight goes as planned, the Starliner will dock with the International Space Station (ISS) approximately 24 hours after launch. It will remain at the station for up to 10 days before returning to Earth in a parachute-assisted landing in New Mexico.

What to expect

The live stream of the uncrewed mission will include footage from the launch preparation, as well as the launch itself. Multiple cameras will capture footage of ULA’s Atlas V rocket as it propels Boeing’s Starliner into space. If the video feed remains intact, the broadcast will also include the main engine shutdown followed by a stage separation and, just under 15 minutes after launch, the all-important deployment of the Starliner spacecraft.

On the first mission in 2019, software issues shortly after deployment prevented the Starliner from reaching its intended orbit, preventing it from making it to the ISS. With that in mind, it would be a good idea to stick with the post-deployment livestream for all the latest news on the spacecraft’s journey. Boeing Space Twitter account will also post updates.

How to watch

Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test 2 is currently scheduled to launch from Space Launch Complex-41 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 6:54 p.m. ET (3:54 p.m. PT) on Thursday, May 19.

You can watch the mission via the embedded video player at the top of this page, or by heading to NASA’s website, which will broadcast the same stream in real time. Coverage will begin at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

There’s always a chance that last-minute technical issues or bad weather will cause NASA to delay the launch. We will endeavor to update this page with the latest information. Alternatively, you can check Boeing Space tweets for mission updates.

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