Boeing Starliner Spacecraft Completes Successful Launch
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Jun 5, 2024

Boeing Starliner Spacecraft Completes Successful Launch

  • Launch marks first crewed launch of Starliner to the International Space Station
  • Rendezvous and docking with ISS are scheduled for June 6

NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Sunita "Suni" Williams became the first people to launch to orbit inside a Boeing [NYSE: BA] Starliner, lifting off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 10:52am ET and embarking on a 25-hour flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch marks the beginning of the NASA-Boeing Starliner Crew Flight Test (CFT).

"This crew flight test represents the beginning of a new era of space exploration as we watch astronauts Wilmore and Williams put Boeing's Starliner through its paces on the way to the International Space Station," said Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Ted Colbert. "This is a great start. We look forward to getting the astronauts safely to the space station and back home."

Wilmore and Williams are also the first to launch on an Atlas V rocket and are currently experiencing microgravity on their way to the space station. They will conduct a series of flight test objectives, including manually flying Starliner.

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Along with the two crew members, Starliner is carrying about 760 pounds (345 kilograms) of cargo.  Once docked to the ISS, Wilmore and Williams will spend about a week on station before returning to Earth. Following a successful CFT, Boeing and NASA will continue working to certify Starliner for long-duration operational missions to the ISS.