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NASA, Boeing ready for long-delayed, high-stakes Starliner test flight

NASA, Boeing ready for long-delayed, high-stakes Starliner test flight

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Running years late, Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule program is poised for a crucial unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station set for launch Thursday,

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a do-over of an abbreviated 2019 demo mission that has cost the aerospace contractor nearly $600 million.

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The Starliner crew capsule is scheduled for liftoff on the Orbital Flight Test 2, or OFT-2 mission, from Cape Canaveral at 6:54 p.m. EDT (2254 GMT) Thursday on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket.

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ULA, Boeing, and NASA, which oversees the Starliner commercial crew contract, gave a green light Tuesday to proceed with final launch preparations.

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Managers convened for a launch readiness review and gave a “go” to press on with the mission.

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The test flight is intended to gather data and prove the readiness of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft to transport astronauts to and from the space station

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