The launch is targeted at 1:20 p.m. EDT (1720 GMT), and current weather patterns favor afternoon showers and thunderstorms along Florida’s east coast, according to the 45 . Weather Squadron, which monitors launch conditions from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Base. There is a 40% chance that the weather will allow for a launch on Tuesday, according to the bureau’s current forecast, which indicates the Starliner may be able to blast off the pillow before the turbulent weather sets in.
Squadron officials wrote in statment Published Saturday (31 July). “However, a weather-related violation is possible due to scattered showers and thunderstorms in the area, especially towards the end of the count.”
In particular, the office monitors cumulus cloud formation, surface electric fields, and potential illumination hazards.
The same difficult weather conditions worrying the launch personnel also prompted the mission team to roll the Starliner and its Atlas V missile. inside From the launch pad, it arrived Thursday (July 29) in preparation for launch on Friday (July 30). Although weather conditions were also a concern on this launch date, the mission was delayed after the International Space Station spent about 45 minutes Thursday from its proper orientation when Program glitch It caused the launch of thrusters on a newly arrived Russian scientific unit.
If the Starliner cannot launch on Tuesday, the next opportunity will be on Wednesday (August 4). When the capsule lifts off, the launch will begin a full-day journey to the International Space Station, where you’ll spend less than a week before returning to Earth for a landing in the western United States.
The launch is called Orbital Flight Test-2 or OFT-2, represents a critical milestone for Boeing’s Starliner system, which first attempted an uncrewed test flight to the space station in December 2019. However, a series of vulnerabilities meant that the capsule was unable to reach the orbiting laboratory and returned to Earth without accomplishing its primary mission: Demonstrate that the system is ready to transport astronauts.
Nineteen months later, after processing 80 recommendations from NASA and Boeing investigations into the failed flight, Starliner is ready to attempt another flight. The successful mission will pave the way for three NASA astronauts to launch later this year in a manned flight test, which in turn will allow Boeing to begin regularly flying astronauts into orbit, as rival SpaceX has already begun with Dragon Crew capsule.
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