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Boeing's Starliner ready for first test flight

Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Tomorrow morning (December 20th) at 6:36am ET, Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will launch on its first test flight to the International Space Station. Starliner will be launching from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida, on top of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with 2 strap-on solid rocket motors. This is an unscrewed flight and is meant to demonstrate Boeing's ability to launch astronauts to the ISS, dock/undock, and safely return them back home. The mission will come to an end after Starliner returns back to Earth on December 28th.

The 45th Space Wing reports an 80% chance for favorable weather on launch day and are looking at ground wind speeds and the Cumulus Cloud Rule as possibilities for a scrub.

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