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Published: 12:27, May 20, 2022 | Updated: 12:28, May 20, 2022
NASA, Boeing launch uncrewed test flight to space station
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Published:12:27, May 20, 2022 Updated:12:28, May 20, 2022 By Xinhua

In this handout image courtesy of NASA taken on May 19, 2022, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft aboard launches from Space Launch Complex 41, May 19, 2022, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. (JOEL KOWSKY / NASA / AFP)

LOS ANGELES - NASA and Boeing launched the Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station on Thursday, a critical uncrewed test flight for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Starliner spacecraft aboard lifted off at 6:54 pm Eastern Time Thursday from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Starliner spacecraft aboard lifted off at 6:54 pm Eastern Time Thursday from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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Following an orbital insertion burn 31 minutes later, Starliner was on its way for a rendezvous and docking with the ISS.

Starliner is scheduled to dock at the forward port of the station's Harmony module at 7:10 pm Eastern Time Friday.

Starliner is carrying about 500 pounds of NASA cargo and crew supplies and more than 300 pounds of Boeing cargo to the ISS for the flight test.

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The mission, dubbed as Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2, will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing's crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station, said NASA.


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