Historic Launch: Sunita Williams to Embark on NASA's Starliner Mission.

NASA and Boeing have approved the Boeing Crew Flight Test (CFT) to the ISS after multiple delays. This decision followed a thorough review at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Mission Approved

The review confirmed that all systems, facilities, and support teams are ready for the CFT mission, ensuring a smooth and safe launch.

Systems ready To Launch

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The CFT mission is a crucial milestone for Boeing's Starliner, carrying NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Sunita Williams to the ISS for a two-week stay, then returning to land in the southwestern U.S.

Importance of the CFT Mission

Boeing's Starliner is set for its maiden human test flight on Saturday, June 1, at 9:55 PM IST.

Launch Date & Time

The crew returned to Kennedy Space Center on May 28 and will stay in quarantine at the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building until the launch to ensure their health and safety.

Quarantine protocols

The mission faced delays due to a valve issue on the Atlas V rocket and a helium leak in the Starliner spacecraft, causing a scrubbed launch on May 6. These issues have now been resolved.

Earlier Delays..

If issues arise, NASA has backup launch windows on June 2, June 5, and June 6. The launch will take place from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Backup Launh plan

The success of the CFT mission will enable regular crew rotations to the ISS, advancing NASA's commercial crew program significantly.

Effect on NASA's commercial crew program

On her third mission, Sunita Williams will pilot the Starliner as part of the CFT mission to certify it for human transport, alongside SpaceX's Crew Dragon. The spacecraft, named Calypso, can operate autonomously or be manually controlled and is expected to dock with the ISS.

Sunita's role and mission goals

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