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Status

Success

Starliner OFT-1

Launch Time
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:36 UTC

First flight of Atlas V N22.
First flight of Atlas V with a dual engines Centaur upper stage.

Following a successful launch, Starliner had off-nominal performance, but the rocket did its job correctly.

Rocket

Atlas V N22
ULA
Status: Active
Liftoff Thrust: 7,152 kN
Payload to LEO: 13,000 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2

Mission Details

Starliner OFT-1

The Starliner OFT (Orbital Flight Test) is the uncrewed maiden test launch of Boeing's crew capsule Starliner. It was planned to simulate a crewed mission with everything except the crew, including rendezvous and docking with the ISS and about a 2-week stay, then reentry and airbag-cushioned landing in the western US. However, several issues related to an incorrectly synced count down led to the spacecraft not preforming a mission critical orbital insertion burn, among other things. It was then decided to bring Starliner back to Earth, where it landed at White Sands Missile Range 2 days later. A second OFT will be launched to verify Starliner is ready for human flight.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 13,000 kg
Low Earth Orbit

Location

SLC-41, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA

Stats

2019

99th orbital launch attempt

United Launch Alliance

136th mission
135th successful mission
131st consecutive successful mission

Atlas V

81st mission
80th successful mission
71st consecutive successful mission