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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #40 on: 12/14/2018 01:42 pm »
Does anyone know/can anyone say if any other Atlas or Delta hardware arrived with this delivery?
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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #41 on: 12/15/2018 05:54 pm »
Does anyone know/can anyone say if any other Atlas or Delta hardware arrived with this delivery?
There was other hardware on trailers onboard DM but photos available from ULA and NASA KSC didn't show any additional stages.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET April 2019
« Reply #42 on: 02/06/2019 03:29 pm »
Update on commercial crew launch dates:

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NASA, Partners Update Commercial Crew Launch Dates

NASA and its Commercial Crew Program providers Boeing and SpaceX have agreed to move the target launch dates for the upcoming inaugural test flights of their next generation American spacecraft and rockets that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station.

The agency now is targeting March 2 for launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon on its uncrewed Demo-1 test flight. Boeing’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test is targeted for launch no earlier than April.

These adjustments allow for completion of necessary hardware testing, data verification, remaining NASA and provider reviews, as well as training of flight controllers and mission managers.

The uncrewed test flights will be the first time commercially-built and operated American spacecraft designed for humans will dock to the space station. The first flights are dress rehearsals for missions with astronauts aboard the vehicles. Commercial crew has continued working toward these historic missions throughout the month of January.

“The uncrewed flight tests are a great dry run for not only our hardware, but for our team to get ready for our crewed flight tests,” said Kathy Lueders, Commercial Crew Program manager. “NASA has been working together with SpaceX and Boeing to make sure we are ready to conduct these test flights and get ready to learn critical information that will further help us to fly our crews safely. We always learn from tests.”

In January, SpaceX successfully completed a static fire test of its Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon atop the rocket at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida, in preparation for Demo-1.

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner continues to undergo testing in preparation for its Orbital Flight Test, and United Launch Alliance is conducting final processing of the Atlas V rocket that will launch Starliner from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

“There still are many critical steps to complete before launch and while we eagerly are anticipating these launches, we will step through our test flight preparations and readiness reviews,” said Lueders. “We are excited about seeing the hardware we have followed through development, integration, and ground testing move into flight.”

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will return human spaceflight launches to U.S. soil, providing safe, reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit and the space station on systems that meet safety and performance requirements.

To meet NASA’s requirements, the commercial providers must demonstrate their systems are ready to begin regular flights to the space station. After the uncrewed flight tests, Boeing and SpaceX will complete a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions. The following planning dates reflect inputs by the Commercial Crew Program and the two companies and are current as of Feb. 4, 2019.

Test Flight Planning Dates:

SpaceX Demo-1 (uncrewed): March 2, 2019
Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed): NET April 2019
Boeing Pad Abort Test: NET May 2019
SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test: June 2019
SpaceX Demo-2 (crewed): July 2019
Boeing Crew Flight Test (crewed): NET August 2019

SpaceX also completed a pad abort test in 2015. Following the test flights, NASA will review performance data and resolve any necessary issues to certify the systems for operational missions. Boeing, SpaceX and the Commercial Crew Program are actively working to be ready for the operational missions. As with all human spaceflight vehicle development, learning from each test and adjusting as necessary to reduce risk to the crew may override planning dates.

Author Anna Heiney
Posted on February 6, 2019
Categories Boeing, CCtCap, Commercial Spaceflight, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, NASA Astronauts, SpaceX

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2019/02/06/nasa-partners-update-commercial-crew-launch-dates/
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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET April 2019
« Reply #43 on: 02/23/2019 07:13 am »
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Sounds like the launch window for this Dragon is from about March 2 to to March 10, after which there's a crew Soyuz flight, three EVAs, and then two cargo supply ships in April.

https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1099087429624123392

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This means that (probably?) Boeing's earliest opportunity for its Starliner demo mission won't be until May.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2019
« Reply #44 on: 03/15/2019 06:30 pm »
https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1106637988979712000

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Not sure if this is official yet, but multiple sources say the NET date for Starliner's OFT (uncrewed test flight) is now August.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, as the Starliner that flies is likely to be very close to the final design for a crewed mission.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #45 on: 03/21/2019 01:36 am »
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-boeing/boeing-delays-flight-test-to-international-space-station-sources-idUSKCN1R12QR
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Boeing Co has delayed by at least three months its first uncrewed flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s human spaceflight program, and pushed its crewed flight until November, industry sources said on Wednesday.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #46 on: 03/22/2019 04:13 pm »
Maybe we should do a poll of which week the inaugural Atlas V N22 will fly.  :)

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #47 on: 03/23/2019 08:55 am »

Washington Post...

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The latest date for the first test of the Starliner capsule was to be in April, which was already pushed back repeatedly. Now that first flight a test mission without any astronauts on board is going to be delayed to at least August, according to two officials with knowledge of the situation.

That, in turn, would push the first flight with humans on board to no earlier than November, but some said the company may be forced to push the flight into 2020 if they discover more problems with the spacecraft.
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The Government Accountability Office also found an issue with the abort system that could possibly cause it to "tumble, which could pose a threat to the crews' safety." Boeing has said it is on its way to having the problem fixed.
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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #48 on: 03/23/2019 09:16 am »
Or maybe the first crewed Dragon will fly before Starliner.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #49 on: 03/23/2019 10:50 pm »

Washington Post...

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The latest date for the first test of the Starliner capsule was to be in April, which was already pushed back repeatedly. Now that first flight a test mission without any astronauts on board is going to be delayed to at least August, according to two officials with knowledge of the situation.

That, in turn, would push the first flight with humans on board to no earlier than November, but some said the company may be forced to push the flight into 2020 if they discover more problems with the spacecraft.
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The Government Accountability Office also found an issue with the abort system that could possibly cause it to "tumble, which could pose a threat to the crews' safety." Boeing has said it is on its way to having the problem fixed.
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From what I hear, the chances of Starliner's CFT happening in November are about as slim as Boeing's OFT "April/May" targets from a few weeks ago.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - 2019
« Reply #50 on: 03/24/2019 09:55 am »

Washington Post...

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The latest date for the first test of the Starliner capsule was to be in April, which was already pushed back repeatedly. Now that first flight a test mission without any astronauts on board is going to be delayed to at least August, according to two officials with knowledge of the situation.

That, in turn, would push the first flight with humans on board to no earlier than November, but some said the company may be forced to push the flight into 2020 if they discover more problems with the spacecraft.
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The Government Accountability Office also found an issue with the abort system that could possibly cause it to "tumble, which could pose a threat to the crews' safety." Boeing has said it is on its way to having the problem fixed.
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From what I hear, the chances of Starliner's CFT happening in November are about as slim as Boeing's OFT "April/May" targets from a few weeks ago.

Concur. Big news in L2 and it ain't all good.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2019
« Reply #51 on: 04/02/2019 11:02 pm »
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Boeing pushes test flight of Starliner spacecraft to August
Officials say delays to avoid 'unnecessary schedule pressure'

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
Posted: 6:50 PM, April 02, 2019

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/space-news/boeing-pushes-test-flight-of-starliner-spacecraft-to-august

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“In order to avoid unnecessary schedule pressure, not interfere with a critical national security payload, and allow appropriate schedule margin to ensure the Boeing, United Launch Alliance and NASA teams are able to perform a successful first launch of Starliner, we made the most responsible decision available to us and will be ready for the next launch pad availability in August, while still allowing for a Crew Flight Test later this year," the statement from Boeing said.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2019
« Reply #52 on: 04/03/2019 01:41 pm »
Here's the NASA announcment, note that August is still to be confirmed:

https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/1113435289618399232

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NASA and @BoeingSpace have agreed to target August for its uncrewed test flight to the @Space_Station and to extend the duration of the company’s first crewed flight test: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-and-boeing-extend-starliner-crew-flight-test-duration-to-space-station-target-new

Important qualification:

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Boeing is now targeting August for its uncrewed Orbital Flight Test, although this date is a working date and to be confirmed.

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2019
« Reply #53 on: 04/03/2019 04:16 pm »
Our article on why ULA and the Atlas V are absolutely not to blame for this delay.

ARTICLE: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/04/curious-move-nasa-blame-ula-latest-starliner-delay/

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2019
« Reply #54 on: 04/03/2019 04:38 pm »
Our article on why ULA and the Atlas V are absolutely not to blame for this delay.

ARTICLE: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/04/curious-move-nasa-blame-ula-latest-starliner-delay/

Great article coalesces a lot of discussions I was seeing with regards to the announced delay.   

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Re: Atlas V N22 - Starliner OFT (uncrewed) - NET Aug 2019
« Reply #55 on: 04/03/2019 10:44 pm »
Bunch of new photos from Q1 2019. Caption order matches attachment order.

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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner prepares for acoustic testing at Boeing’s spacecraft test facilities in El Segundo, California. This vehicle, known as Spacecraft 2, will fly Starliner’s Crew Flight Test (CFT) after it returns to Florida from environmental testing. The Starliner underwent rounds of acoustics vibration, thermal vacuum and electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic contamination testing. These tests prove Starliner’s design is capable of handling the harsh environments of launch, ascent and orbit and also prove that the electronics systems will operate in space and not interfere with other satellites or the International Space Station. CFT is Boeing’s crewed flight test of Starliner and part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will return human spaceflight launches into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil.

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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner prepares for electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic contamination (EMI/EMC) testing in a specialized test chamber at Boeing’s Space Environment Test Facilities in El Segundo, Calif. These tests were the final part of Starliner’s environmental qualification test campaign. EMI/EMC testing ensures that Starliner’s systems will function properly in the orbital radiation environment and also not interfere with other electrical systems on the International Space Station. Once back in Boeing’s Starliner facilities at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, this same vehicle will be prepared to fly Starliner’s first crew during the Crew Flight Test mission later this year. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with Boeing to return human spaceflight launches to the space station from U.S. soil.

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Boeing technicians meticulously lower its CST-100 Starliner’s upper dome to the lower dome before bolting and sealing the pressure vessel on March 11. This is the Starliner spacecraft slated to fly in the company’s Orbital Flight Test (OFT). The mate was completed at Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Starliner uses an innovative weldless design where the main structure is made of two domes, each spin-formed and machined from a solid piece of aerospace-grade aluminum. The two domes then undergo outfitting with avionics, cooling systems, wire harnesses, fuel and life support lines, and other critical systems before being mated together. This is one of the last major milestones ahead of final processing and closeouts for flight. OFT is Boeing’s uncrewed flight test of Starliner and part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will return human spaceflight launches into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil.

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Technicians at Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida mate the two domes that comprise the main pressure vessel of Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test CST-100 Starliner. This is one of the last major assembly milestones before final outfitting and closeouts as Starliner prepares for its first mission, the uncrewed test flight later this summer. Boeing’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with Boeing to return human spaceflight launches to the space station from U.S. soil.

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Boeing’s Crew Flight Test Starliner prepares for thermal vacuum testing at Boeing’s Space Environment Test Facility in El Segundo, Calif. During this test series, test teams outfitted Starliner with hot plates and radiators and placed in a vacuum chamber that could also be filled with a cryogenic nitrogen shroud. This allowed Boeing teams to simulate the vacuum environment in space as well as the drastic temperature swings Starliner will see as it moves to and from direct sunlight and the Earth’s shadow. This is the Starliner that will be used for Boeing’s Crew Flight Test as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with Boeing to return human spaceflight launches to the space station from U.S. soil.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasakennedy/sets/72157647244171004

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