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On Dec. 20 Boeing's Starliner Astronaut Taxi Is 'Go' for Launch

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner shuttle is prepared to convey holiday shows on its debut outing to the International Space Station.

On Thursday (Dec. 12), NASA and Boeing held a Flight Readiness Review (FRR), an inside and out appraisal on how prepared a crucial to continue, fully expecting Starliner's first uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) strategic, is planned to launch Dec. 20 at 6:36 a.m. EST (1136 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

During the survey, crucial from both NASA and Boeing displayed their appraisals of the status of the Starliner launch and presumed that the specialty will be prepared to liftoff on an on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Dec. 20.

I am happy to announce we are go for launch, NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard said during a press teleconference following the FRR.

I thought it was a very good review. Our international partners were part of this review ? they're satisfied and ready to proceed, Kirk Shireman, the supervisor of NASA's International Space Station Program, included during the teleconference.

John Mulholland, VP and program chief of Boeing's Commercial Crew Program, included that there was consistent endorsement to continue with the launch.

The FRR board considered introductions from key crucial to reach this resolution. Directors introduced appraisals of Starliner, its frameworks, strategic, bolster capacities and the preparation of the space station program to help the craft's crucial the station.

While they are still on track to launch the rocket on Dec. 20, they have two extra dispatch openings on Dec. 21 and 23, should they need additional time, Phil McAlister, NASA's chief of Commercial Spaceflight Development, said during the video chat.

Hopefully we should all be getting an early Christmas present this year, McAlister included about the launch.

Leading up to a Dec. 20 launch, the last late cargo will be loaded onto Starliner this Saturday (Dec. 14). Within 24-25 hours after launch we should be docking with the International Space Station, Mulholland said. There, NASA space travelers Jessica Meir and Christina Koch will get the docking shuttle and bring its freight locally available. The vehicle will make its arrival to Earth on Dec. 28, when it will make a parachute-helped arriving at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

While the vehicle won't have any crewmembers ready, this arrival will fill in as training for when they do. There have just been various landing reproductions finished, Mulholland stated, including that, beside there being no people in the shuttle, this will intently coordinate the arrival of a ran flight. However, while there are no people on the flight, there is a test sham named Rosie.

Launching on Starliner with this flight test is Rosie the Rocketeer, a test sham named by Leanne Caret, leader of Boeing's Defense, Space and Security division, after Rosie the Riveter, the iconic role model for working ladies from WW II.

Rosie is furnished with a huge number of sensors that measure basic information including G-powers suffered during the trip to advise the group about what human crewmembers may understanding.

There will undoubtedly be some unexpected results, this is a test, McAlister said. The aftereffects of this test will be an huge confidence building measure, he included, further clarifying that the purpose of the uncrewed OFT is to give basic information to definite confirmation so that the manned Starliner launches are a triumph.

This launch will likewise be the main trip for another NASA docking system which will be the standard docking system for sending humans to Gateway and to Mars, and will be a key piece of NASA's Artemis program, Shireman said.

The launch of Starliner's OFT denotes a significant achievement in business spaceflight. Starliner and crew dragon will signal the beginning of a robust age of space transportation, McAlister said.