Boeing Starliner Gets Hoisted Atop Atlas V Rocket Ahead of Launch in New Time-Lapse Video

Boeing Starliner Atlas V Rocket
It’s official, the Boeing Starliner has been hoisted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket ahead of the company’s second uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The launch is targeted for 6:54 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 19 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

In this new time-lapse video, we see the Starliner spacecraft being rolled out from Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a transport vehicle. It left the parking lot at about 11:00 a.m. EDT and made its way to the United Launch Alliance’s Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station over the course of an hour. For those wondering, the US Space Force still has not revealed what the classified Boeing X-37 is being used for.

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An additional vehicle conditioning purge system, provided by ULA and part of standard prelaunch operational procedures, will give the spacecraft ideal environmental conditions from the load onto the transport vehicle through L-8 hours. Just prior to cryogenic propellant loading, Starliner will begin receiving a dry atmosphere through the launch vehicle’s gaseous nitrogen purge system,” said Boeing.

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