KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA invites the public to take part in virtual activities and events ahead of the agency’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station. Targeted to launch at 2:53 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight test for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
Live coverage and countdown commentary of the launch will air at 2 p.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, Theta.TV and NASA’s App.
Members of the public can register to attend the launch virtually. NASA’s virtual guest program for OFT-2 includes curated launch resources, notifications about interaction opportunities, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.
Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft will carry over 700 pounds of crew supplies and equipment to the space station and return some critical research samples to Earth.
OFT-2 will test the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket from launch to docking to a return to Earth in the desert of the western United States.
The uncrewed mission will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station.
Members of the public can also share in the journey through a variety of activities, including:
Virtual Launch Passport
#LaunchAmerica STEM Mission Toolkit
Engage kids and students in virtual and hands-on activities that are both family-friendly and educational through Next Gen STEM Commercial Crew at: www.nasa.gov/launchamerica-stem-toolkit
Watch and Engage on Social Media
Stay connected with the mission on social media, and let people know you’re following OFT-2 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaunchAmerica.
Follow and tag these accounts:
- Twitter: @NASA, @Commercial_Crew, @Space_Station, @NASAKennedy
- Facebook: NASA, NASACommercialCrew, ISS Facebook, Kennedy Space Center
- Instagram: NASA, ISS Instagram, NASAKennedy
For NASA’s launch blog and more information about the mission, visit:https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew