In early December, the Starliner spacecraft is mated to its
Atlas V rocket. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ]
Nearly a decade has passed since NASA
first awarded funds to Boeing for the design of a crewed
spaceflight capsule, and on Friday we should finally see the
Starliner vehicle take flight for its first orbital test.
Officials from Boeing, United Launch Alliance, and NASA all said
Tuesday that the Starliner capsule and its Atlas V rocket are ready
for launch, scheduled for 6:36am ET (11:36 UTC) Friday from Space
Launch Complex 41 in Florida. According to meteorologists, there is
an 80 percent chance of favorable launch weather.
“When you see an integrated vehicle like this on the pad, it all
becomes real,” said Kathy Lueders, NASA’s manager for the
commercial crew program for much of the last decade.
Source: FS – All – Science – News
Starliner set for its historic debut flight on Friday morning