December 20, 2019
Congratulations to Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) for an incredible launch this morning! ULA’s Atlas V rocket left Space Launch Complex 41 (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida) at 6:36am EST carrying Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule.
Starliner is built to accommodate a crew of seven astronauts, but on this maiden test flight is carrying a mannequin named Rosie the Astronaut (named after Rosie the Riveter).
Here’s space.com’s replay of the launch
(The following link will take you to an external website)
Unfortunately, the Starliner spacecraft won’t reach the International Space Station due to a timing issue with the Starliner’s own engine burn. Instead, the Starliner will be directed to land in White Sands, New Mexico, on Sunday.