Author Topic: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018  (Read 3462 times)

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Given the tweet below, seems like a good time to start this thread for the first (uncrewed) Starliner flight. At the time of posting the forecast date is NET August 2018:

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Tory Bruno‏ Verified account @torybruno 26m26 minutes ago

Very exciting!  Mighty #Atlas Booster for OFT, the first  #Starliner test flight, (uncrewed). @BoeingDefense #LaunchAmerica #Boeing

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/918416260819329025
« Last Edit: 10/12/2017 11:38 AM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #1 on: 10/13/2017 06:49 AM »
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ULA & @BoeingDefense #AtlasV #Starliner teams held a Test Like You Fly review last week, an exercise focused on safety and reliability
https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/918602883888762880

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Team reviewed components, software & systems + decades of Atlas data to ensure integrated vehicle tests sim real-life conditions
https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/918603072024338432

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TLYF review supports safety, mission success as #AtlasV #Starliner preps to launch astros to @Space_Station next year! #LaunchAmerica
https://twitter.com/ulalaunch/status/918603295954014208

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Centaur being fabricated for this flight:
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The Centaur that will return Americans to space from American soil.
https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/918816681157210114
« Last Edit: 10/13/2017 03:52 PM by GWH »

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #3 on: 10/13/2017 04:52 PM »
Centaur being fabricated for this flight:
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The Centaur that will return Americans to space from American soil.
https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/918816681157210114

I guess Tony is forgetting that SpaceX might do it before then? (if current schedules hold)
« Last Edit: 10/13/2017 04:52 PM by Lars-J »

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I guess Tony is forgetting that SpaceX might do it before then? (if current schedules hold)
Tory didn't say "first" or "only".  The overall goal of getting Americans to space from American soil is a 2 provider solution.

« Last Edit: 10/13/2017 05:00 PM by GWH »

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #5 on: 10/19/2017 03:36 PM »
Centaur being fabricated for this flight:
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The Centaur that will return Americans to space from American soil.
https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/918816681157210114

Isn't this thread for the uncrewed mission?  Either that's the wrong Centaur for this thread or it wont be the one returning Americans to space.  ;)  Exciting to see LV hardware being built for these missions either way, though.
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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #6 on: 10/25/2017 05:36 PM »
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More #Atlas #Starliner hardware moving through Decatur!
#Boeing #LaunchAmerica

https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/923227656161673216

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #7 on: 10/26/2017 07:07 AM »
Here’s a different photo released by NASA:

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The Atlas V rocket is coming together for @BoeingDefense #Starliner spacecraft first uncrewed flight test. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2h7K8uz

https://twitter.com/commercial_crew/status/923282509307301888

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #8 on: 10/26/2017 01:39 PM »
Centaur being fabricated for this flight:
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The Centaur that will return Americans to space from American soil.
https://twitter.com/torybruno/status/918816681157210114

I guess Tony is forgetting that SpaceX might do it before then? (if current schedules hold)
If SpaceX is ahead of ULA for its equivalent flight, why hasn't it released comparable images of its progress?

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #9 on: 10/26/2017 01:56 PM »
If SpaceX is ahead of ULA for its equivalent flight, why hasn't it released comparable images of its progress?

 - Ed Kyle

Because the F9 is built on an assembly line on two week-ish cadence and the F9 for Crew Dragon looks no different than any other F9 built?  Routine stuff isn't generally considered newsworthy.

Edit: The block 5 parts (bolted octaweb, single-piece turbine forgings) are being incrementally rolled out throughout block 4, even if you knew what to look for.  The crew dragon F9 will be almost indistinguishable​ from the F9 built two weeks before it.
« Last Edit: 10/26/2017 03:54 PM by cscott »

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #10 on: 10/26/2017 02:00 PM »
If SpaceX is ahead of ULA for its equivalent flight, why hasn't it released comparable images of its progress?

 - Ed Kyle

Because the F9 is built on an assembly line on two week-ish cadence and the F9 for Crew Dragon looks no different than any other F9 built?  Routine stuff isn't generally considered newsworthy.
The DM1 will be carried by the first F9 B5, which is unique
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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #11 on: 10/26/2017 02:11 PM »
Here's an adaptor pic posted late August that I just stumbled upon:

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From concept to production & soon flight, meet the #ulalaunch adapter supporting Boeing #Starliner capsule taking astronauts to the ISS!

https://twitter.com/CogginShannon/status/902361756093345792

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #12 on: 10/26/2017 02:41 PM »
If SpaceX is ahead of ULA for its equivalent flight, why hasn't it released comparable images of its progress?
Why do you feel compelled to bring up SpaceX in a ULA thread?

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #13 on: 10/26/2017 05:21 PM »
If SpaceX is ahead of ULA for its equivalent flight, why hasn't it released comparable images of its progress?
Why do you feel compelled to bring up SpaceX in a ULA thread?
I didn't.  I was responding to someone else who did.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #14 on: 10/26/2017 05:48 PM »
If SpaceX is ahead of ULA for its equivalent flight, why hasn't it released comparable images of its progress?
Why do you feel compelled to bring up SpaceX in a ULA thread?
I didn't.  I was responding to someone else who did.
LOL, whoops, my bad.  Maybe I should have read the quote you were responding to...

I'd prefer we didn't micro-analyze every tweet to that level, e.g. stuff like ULA calling themselves "America's ride to space" as if SpaceX (and Orbital/OrbitalATK, probably others I am forgetting) didn't exist.  Never really been a fan of that.  But it's not really worth discussion either, IMHO, so ideally we'd keep this thread focused on the OFT (uncrewed) mission instead.

Apologies Ed for the careless response.
« Last Edit: 10/26/2017 05:50 PM by abaddon »

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2018
« Reply #15 on: 10/27/2017 06:16 AM »
Discussing SpaceX in a Starliner thread is OT so I moved my reply here: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=41016.msg1742534#msg1742534
« Last Edit: 10/27/2017 06:19 AM by woods170 »

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