NASA TV to air Boeing Starliner test

  • NASA TV to air Boeing Starliner test

NASA TV to air Boeing Starliner test

The vessel is being constructed under NASA's Commercial Crew program; this test is created to make sure that Startliner's systems will function properly both together and separately.

Boeing is conducting a pad abort test of their CST-100 Starliner spacecraft at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

There's an anthropomorphic test dummy on board, loaded with sensors that will provide Boeing and NASA with all the data they need about what the abort system impact would be on an actual human sitting in that Starliner, were this an actual incident with astronauts involved.

The test is a forerunner to NASA bringing human spaceflight back to US soil for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.

Next up, Boeing aims to send an uncrewed Starliner to the International Space Station for the first time as part of an orbital flight test.

NASA and Boeing will broadcast the test live on NASA TV from Launch Complex 32 at the missile range, starting at 8:50 a.m. The test is scheduled to start at 9AM ET with an overall three-hour test window.

During the test, Starliner's four-launch abort engines and several of its thrusters will fire, pushing the spacecraft one mile above land and one mile north of the test stand. Parachutes will deploy and landing airbags will help the vehicle touch down in one piece.

The 90-minute demonstration will fire four abort engines lifting the spacecraft off the launch almost a mile high before a parachute system deploys.