Atlas V N22 | CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (Uncrewed)

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V N22 Rocket

United Launch Alliance was scheduled to launch a Atlas V N22 rocket as part of the CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (Uncrewed) mission. The launch window for the Test Flight mission was on Fri, Dec 20th, 2019, 6:36 AM EST from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 80% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Atlas V N22 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Crew

Rosie the Astronaut

Rosie the Astronaut

Anthropomorphic Test Device - Earthling

Rosie the Astronaut is an Anthropomorphic Test Device (ATD), named after the iconic WWII character, Rosie the Riveter. It will launch aboard the Boeing Starliner for its inaugural uncrewed flight to the International Space Station and back.

Mission

CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (Uncrewed)

This is the first test flight of Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station. Although Atlas V and Centaur upper stage successfully put Starliner into planned trajectory, the spacecraft was unable to perform a nominal orbital insertion. Preliminary analysis indicate that Mission Elapsed Time (MET) system error led to Starliner burning more fuel than expected. Spacecraft is healthy and in stable orbit, but won't be able to reach and dock with ISS. Landing at White Sands Facility is planned on Dec 22.

Location

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas V N22

The Atlas V N22 is a crew rated variant of the Atlas V 422 - it sports two solid motor strap on boosters with two liquid fueled stages. It will be primarly used to support NASA's Commercial Crew program by taking the CST-100 to orbit.

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.