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Boeing's Starliner Launch to the International Space Station

Boeing's Starliner Launch to the International Space Station
welcome this morning to nasa's kennedy

space

center in florida i'm marie lewis with nasa public affairs and i'm josh barrett with

boeing

communications

starliner

is nearly ready for our uncrewed orbital flight test you can see it over our shoulders lit up on the

launch

pad it's a little windy out but right now that won't stop liftoff scheduled for 6 36 a.m eastern time let's take a look again at the pad ground crews are currently wrapping up operations in the white room i want to take you back to about 4 34 a.m this morning that's when they actually closed the hatch inside the white room we should have some video of them wrapping up that operation yeah and there you go there you see it now the the pad team is actually running about 45 minutes ahead of schedule which is really awesome news on their first time doing that yeah remarkable because this is the first time um they're doing it for real um it's so it was so cool i mean this this video you're seeing was a little bit earlier this morning like you said they're ahead of schedule so they're they've already left the white room but everything is looking good and there's no crew flying today but teams are operating just as if astronauts are on board now this is a live view you see the crew still up there on the tower and we are as we get closer to

launch

we're going to see the white room and the crew access arm start to swing away from

starliner

on uh in preparation...
boeing s starliner launch to the international space station
for liftoff but there they are making those final preparations to leave the pad now this uncrewed test flight is incredibly important for us to prove that we can safely fly astronauts to the

international

space

station

this is a huge day for the entire nasa

boeing

and united

launch

alliance teams since the

space

shuttle program ended we've all been working hard to return human

space

flight capability to the united states we call this effort nasa's commercial crew program it's a partnership we have with

boeing

and

space

x and today is

starliner

's big debut and our goal is for everyone watching today to see a mission as close as possible to a crude flight and to collect the mountains of data that we can only learn from flying it's also the first time our mission teams have a chance to put

starliner

through its paces we've all been practicing but now as you can see in the control room it's game day we're really excited to show you how this all comes together teams from nasa

boeing

and ula all have to be in lockstep to be successful today we all have people spread across the country sitting on console we have three control rooms here in florida united

launch

alliance's atlas

space

space

flight operations center is on the cape canaveral air force

station

starliner

s

launch

control the

boeing

mission control center is just across the street from us here at kennedy and nasa's emergency operations center is activated ready to respond at a...
boeing s starliner launch to the international space station
moment's notice then in houston at johnson

space

center the

space

station

control room is following the mission closely as well and

starliner

's mission control is just down the hall from that

space

station

control room that's where flight controllers are actually commanding the vehicle right now and finally ula also has teams in denver monitoring ascent so we want to check in first with the atlas

launch

control team they're just a few miles away from where we're sitting here in florida and their job is to make sure the rocket stays healthy right now leading up to and during

launch

we have united

launch

alliances dylan rice monitoring this morning's activities over in the asoc dylan how is the rocket doing hey good morning josh marie things are great here this morning it's been a really good morning as you can see the the team rolled atlas centaur and

starliner

out to the pad a day ago teams have been working overnight to prepare the vehicle for

launch

all of our propellant tanks are loaded the vehicle is in stable topping while the the ground crews finish up their final loading of the cargo on the

starliner

and i understand all that's been completed now and the team is starting to close out the the white room for uh for operations today this is a big day for us this is a return of atlas to its human

space

flight heritage uh the first u.s astronaut to orbit the earth was john glenn and he

launch

ed on an atlas lv 3b rocket just up the road at...
boeing s starliner launch to the international space station
complex 14 back in february 1962 so we're really excited about getting atlas back to the human

space

flight business it's also a return to service of our dual engine configuration of centaur the the dual engine centaur is very uniquely qualified to uh provide the amount of thrust and the type of flight profile necessary in order to give

starliner

a safe and smooth ride to the

international

space

station

also on centaur we've added an emergency detection system which is kind of a supplemental telemetry system that independently evaluates all of the data on board the vehicle to ensure that the ride is as safe as possible for astronauts when when the time comes for that we take safety very seriously that's at the forefront of everything we do and adding that emergency detection system to centaur was just one more way we can assure that the astronauts get the safest ride possible when it comes time to

launch

those on the next mission a top centaur is a cst specific vehicle adapter it's a truss and ring structure that basically holds the

starliner

to centaur and on along with that is an aeroskirt which helps enhance their aerodynamics and stability of the vehicle during flight uh but today's not just about testing the rocket uh it's also an opportunity to demonstrate the processes and procedures that we're going to use when it comes time to actually load crew onboard that

space

craft and we've been working on that this morning um so for now the...
grand cru is still up on the crew access tower they are closing out the white room as i understand the the team is wrapped up in the capsule you guys showed that video just a few minutes ago of the hatch closure so our team has taken over and preparing the crew access tower in the white room for

launch

uh that's that's it for the update here at the asoc back to you guys over at kennedy

space

center all right thanks a lot dylan now if you remember

space

shuttle

launch

es you might recall there were fewer control rooms um but this is a whole new way of doing things and that's really the whole point of the commercial crew program exactly today you have a commercial

space

craft

launch

ing on a commercial rocket and both of those have their own control rooms and nasa is watching it all making sure everyone's making the right calls and that's going to be especially important when crews on board so let's learn a little bit more about those commercial vehicles on the pad behind us today first is the atlas 5 rocket that's made and operated by united

launch

alliance it's a workhorse rocket with 80 successful missions to date this is a special version of atlas made just for

starliner

ula calls it an n22 that stands for no payload fairing two solid rocket motors and a dual engine centaur upper stage a first for the atlas v and on top of atlas is

boeing

cst 100

starliner

it comes in two main sections a crew module and a service module the crew module is where...
the astronauts would be it's reusable up to 10 times and it features lightweight thermal protection as well as an innovative landing system using parachutes and airbags those make

starliner

the first american orbital capsule able to land on land the service module houses most of our propulsion systems including the on orbit maneuvering thrusters and our low altitude abort motors we also have a high efficiency solar array on the bottom which covers a micro meteorite and orbital debris shield now we want to check in on how that

space

craft is doing and we happen to have one of

starliner

's engineers torrey pedrotti she's in

boeing

's

launch

control center monitoring the

launch

team there for us tori how are things going for the bmcc's very first mission good morning josh and marie everything is going great here in the bmcc as you said this is the

boeing

mission control center this is the heart of

starliner

while we're on the ground while we're doing

launch

operations and then transition we will transition control over to houston here here in florida we are just super excited and as you can see we have a lot of people tied in to their consoles here now we have a bunch of different teams in this control room not only nasa teams and

boeing

teams working together but analysts also looking at all of the different subsystems including thermal propulsion eclipse anything that the

space

craft needs to continue on its mission to the

international

space

station

so...
looking back at the rocket now you can see that um we were just talking a little bit about the pad team now this pad team was a joint ula and

boeing

team and this is only the second time that we've had people near a fueled atlas v so when you saw that hatch closure and that white room clear out just a few minutes ago that was only the second time in history that we've had people this close to a field atlas 5. the first time was during our wet dress rehearsal a few weeks ago now the wet dress rehearsal is where we fuel the vehicle and we do everything follow all of our procedures except for except

launch

now today we're really excited to follow all of our procedures and

launch

so it's it's a really exciting day um and this pad team and the views that we're seeing here in the white room are really just a hallmark of human

space

flight having people and being able to load people and cargo at the last minute is going to be really essential for our crude flights later on and oft this orbital flight test that we do does not have crew on it but we're really practicing like we would to make sure that we do that we are safe and we're ready when we do have crew on board next time so let's take a little bit closer look at that pad team melanie weber is the pad team lead she is the first female pad team lead melanie has worked for multiple years on the commercial crew program but before that she worked on iss so she knows not only about our vehicle but...
about where we're going and a lot about the

international

space

station

as well melanie is the crew and cargo lead and she has been in charge of the interior of the capsule from the very beginning so she was involved when there was nothing in there and now it's and now she has designed the entirety of the inside of the vehicle and has led the team to close it out so that's really exciting and it's a good day for her and it's a great day for the team as they clear out of the tower so back to you joshua marie all right thanks a lot tori it's good news that

starliner

is looking great for

launch

really great news you know the first time you're doing anything there's always elements of unknown but great news from the control rooms so let's learn a little bit more about those control rooms and who's leading those teams in those

starliner

control rooms today in the bmcc

starliner

's first

launch

conductor is lewis atchison a native floridian lewis has dreamed of working in

space

flight his whole life and he's actually made a few cuts in the astronaut selection process himself as

launch

conductor he leads the pre-

launch

and ground operations campaign and helps the team work through any issues that come up in the countdown and lewis's counterpart in mission control houston is richard jones richard is a veteran nasa flight director assigned to

starliner

on this uncrewed flight his team is completely responsible for commanding and...
controlling

starliner

known as flight in the control room he makes every critical decision during

launch

and ascent he will hand off to another flight control team for orbital operations but he'll be back for landing now these two teams have to be perfectly in sync before

launch

and then during flight the bmc will transition to kind of a backroom mission support room and they will stay on console 24 7 through flight and help the flight controllers in houston work through any issues if they do come up that's right we want to check in with richard jones and his team in

starliner

mission control over in houston there we have nasa's brandy dean and

boeing

steve seisloff keeping tabs on the progress hi stephen brandy good morning welcome to

starliner

mission control in houston i am steve seislov from

boeing

communications and i'm brandi dean from nasa public affairs and right here is where richard jones is and his team are watching closely over all the systems and subsystems of

starliner

this morning

launch

is time to put the

starliner

on a precise path it's going to time to uh when the

launch

site there at cape canaveral lines up with the 51.6 degree orbital plane of the

international

space

station

that's when atlas 5 will lift off and put

starliner

right on the course it needs to chase the

international

space

station

and speaking of the

international

space

station

just down the hall here in mission control houston there's a whole another flight...
control team watching um the

space

station

systems making sure that it is ready for the

starliner

to arrive tomorrow that team is led by flight director chris edelen he is um getting ready to pull his own team to make sure that they're ready for today's

launch

and he will be on console again tomorrow for that rendezvous all of that does a culmination of years of preparation for the

international

space

station

and it's going to be poised and ready to see

starliner

in

space

tomorrow we'll keep an eye on things here in houston but for now we'll go back to florida all right thanks brandi and steve good news from all the control rooms so things are looking good for

launch

you know just really great news for an important first step in this nasa

boeing

partnership that will help commercialize low earth orbit but nasa is also working on a lot of other exciting things like their next giant leap with the artemis program and nasa's daryl nail is joined by nasa administrator jim bridenstine nearby to talk about all the exciting things we're working on right now hi daryl hi marie and joshua that's right we're here at the top of the osb building just a few feet away from where you guys are with a beautiful view of the rocket mr bridenstine is here of course simply put the big boss over all of nasa or just jim or just jim in this case thank you for that thank you um just tell me you've been here for the week um what are you feeling right now and the...
excitement as it builds up to this

launch

so i will tell you the uh the level of energy here is really amazing um and and this is not new to the kennedy

space

center uh but certainly it's been a long time since we've flown humans in humans into

space

and this is one of those opportunities where we're meeting a critical milestone an end-to-end test of one of our commercial crew vehicles uh i will tell you you know i i i was in the orlando area years ago when the shuttles were getting ready to retire and the constellation program was was standing up and then and then it got cancelled uh this the kennedy

space

center is back the commercial partners are doing amazing things there's there's an energy here that is just it's palpable so it feels really good to be here right now very good it was a tough time at the retirement of the shuttle indeed and now it looks like we're just getting ready to turn the corner the big question everybody wants to know is when will astronauts be riding on one of these

space

craft so we have two different uh commercial crew providers

space

x and

boeing

and i'm confident that uh that we will have in the first part of 2020 at least one successful

launch

with with astronauts i would say that um i'm actually confident we'll have two uh partners in the first part of 2020 but but you know remember what the goal is the goal is to have two independent solutions so that if if one has a set back the other can move forward...
and so that's why we have dissimilar redundancy and so this this increases the probability of success so i would say first part of 2020 is what we can look forward to and you were telling me as a backup you've sought to purchase seats on soyuz absolutely and why is that we need to make sure that we we don't have a gap in americans on the

international

space

station

the partnership between the united states and russia has been strong since 1975. we want to keep it moving forward and and we want to make sure that you know even when commercial crew is successful we want americans

launch

ing on soyuz rockets and we want russians

launch

ing on commercial crew rockets the partnership needs to be strong half of the

international

space

station

is russian so it's important for us as we maintain this partnership uh that we move forward in a meaningful way all right jim thanks for joining us enjoy the

launch

today thank you joshua marie we'll send it back to you guys all right thank you so much daryl and jim well the last time we

launch

ed astronauts if you remember from the united states was in 2011 and to restore that capability as you heard them just talking about nasa turned to private companies like

boeing

to provide the ride and then nasa buys the ticket if you will for our astronauts that's right this partnership is all about opening up orbit and fostering new capabilities in commercial human

space

flight standby for terminal count stage two present for...
flight five four the purpose of the commercial crew program is to return to our nation the capability to fly our astronauts to the

international

space

station

three two one there's just something about going to

space

that has always been special so here's an opportunity to go back again in in a different kind of craft liftoff the commercial crew program is revolutionary in a sense where it's going to provide us the opportunity to have more astronauts in

space

it's going to further our ability for knowledge in a microgravity environment the fact that we're able to partner with commercial industries allows us to fulfill that mission to be explorers because we can work together there's a larger group of us that are dreaming that potentially could have a ride someday and be working in

space

folks all over the world are going to be watching this because we're integrating new technologies can make these

space

craft better and smarter and paving the way for the future it's truly an exciting time in

space

flight and we want you to get involved online and on social media if you want to learn more about

starliner

head to

boeing

.com

starliner

we have more details about the vehicle and the teams as well as some educational activities and we have something called a next-gen stem website it has learning activities for students of all grade levels of course you can learn about all things commercial crew on the program's main page you see all three of those...
there on your screen and if you have a question you want answered just hop on twitter and make sure you use the hashtag asknasa in fact we've already been getting some great questions we want to take one i want to show you we had one from mark on twitter he was asking where

starliner

is going to land after all this so that's a great question as we said earlier

starliner

is going to be the first american orbital crew capsule that can land on land so we have five landing sites out in the western united states wherever we land depends heavily on where we are when we undock so right now if we stay on schedule for landing on the 28th we'll land on the white sands missile range in new mexico you can also follow us on twitter at

boeing

space

and at commercial underscore crew use the hashtag

starliner

show us how you're watching today's

launch

and as we mentioned before we are

launch

ing from cape canaveral located on the eastern coast of florida and joining us now is a special guest who has a vested interest in what happens here in the sunshine state daryl nail is with us again with florida governor ron desantis that's right joshua we are here with governor desantis thanks for joining us and taking the time you're here for the

launch

you've been here for a few days did you get a tour well we just came from the briefing which is very interesting and um this is an exciting day uh i would say wake up bright and early but it's not even bright yet...
it's so early but but this is really great i mean there's we really in florida are proud of what's going on here kennedy

space

center we think this is the epicenter of all the the new innovations with

space

particularly the commercial uh government partnerships and so we think this is going to be great and then we look to continue to do this and and get american astronauts uh back up into

space

and eventually on the moon you recall here in florida the retirement the

space

shuttle program in 2011 um that kind of shook the state for a while especially here at the

space

coast oh big time jim bridenstine the national administrator and i both got elected to congress in 2012. my district was just north of here starting in volusia county so we had a lot of people who would work here who lived in that district in the southern part of the district and uh you could tell i mean it was a um you know really bad time uh for here and it was almost like you know we were so proud of everything's going on here it's like what's happening well i think you know we're back with a vengeance now so it's really exciting to see uh the direction this is going you see a turning corner and getting commercial would you ride on one of these

space

craft i think it would depend on the circumstances and everything but um i think i think i'd be more of a liability than anything for them so i don't know if they'd want me on there well i mean you know these people...
really know what they're doing so you know they're autopiloted now so right so if you if you decide you want to change your mind you'll let us know governor thank you so much thank you enjoy the

launch

appreciate it all right we'll send it back to you guys all right thanks to both of you we are definitely back in a big way and now about 44 minutes from

launch

we want to take a look again at

launch

complex 41

starliner

sitting atop atlas 5 getting closer and closer to liftoff today's orbital flight test is our dress rehearsal for

launch

ing astronauts

boeing

is proud to be sending veteran

space

shuttle astronaut chris ferguson on our next

launch

the crew flight test to the

international

space

station

ferguson will join nasa astronaut mike fink who is no stranger to the

space

station

thinks served on two long-duration flights as its science officer and commander and he flew on

space

shuttle endeavour's final mission now the third crew member is nasa astronaut nicole mann and

boeing

's crew flight test will be her first trip to

space

the trio have been training for every aspect of the mission together learning the

starliner

systems and preparing for life and work aboard the

international

space

station

where they could be staying for up to six months the crew has been training for both routine and emergency operations on the ground and in flight but keep in mind

starliner

is not going to be empty for this flight it is packed with almost 600 pounds of...
nasa cargo and we also have an anthropometric test device who will teach us a lot about what this ride will be like for the astronauts meet rosie she's the

starliner

's commander for this very first mission we named her after rosie the riveter an icon who inspired generations of women to join aero

space

today rosie the rocketeer is flying for everyone on our team who took on the challenge of human

space

flight and said we can do it her flight isn't just symbolic she has 15 sensors that will collect valuable data we'll use to make sure the future astronauts stay safe and healthy on

starliner

and she has a companion with her there you see snoopy he's getting another chance to go to

space

snoopy has a long history with nasa going all the way back to the apollo program when we sent astronauts to the moon and now snoopy's a part of the next era of human

space

flight with commercial crew and nasa's artemis program he's got an important job too as our gravity indicator so when

starliner

reaches microgravity he will start floating out of that pilot's seat now rosie and snoopy are definitely going to need some help flying

starliner

mostly that help's going to come from

starliner

's autonomous flight systems and they'll be relying on that to get the

station

and back but the ground teams will also be monitoring and intervening if needed so we want to check on those people who will be commanding

starliner

from here on earth stephen brandy how...
are things over in houston thanks marie things are moving along into the brief in the pre-

launch

checklist today the team here in mission control uh now tracking 41 minutes away from lunch and they're working through that checklist making sure that they are ready to take control of

starliner

once it does lift off the

launch

pad today and when it does um flight director richard jones and the

starliner

mission control team will finally get to put to work all the skills they've hold an exhaustive flight simulations over the past months they've already been sending some commands to

starliner

for things like cabin pressurization and communications checks and as soon as the

starliner

space

craft lifts off the

launch

pad this group of

space

flight specialist will be watching carefully and making commands where needed to keep the vehicle on its precise path to the

international

space

station

and another group that is keenly watching today is of course the astronauts who are going to make the first flight on

starliner

when we do this again in early 2020. that is of course nasa astronaut mike fink and nasa astronaut nicole mann along with

boeing

astronaut chris ferguson they are down at the cape watching today's

launch

from control centers but we had a chance to sit down and talk with them a little bit a little bit earlier to find out their their views on this new american crude

space

craft in 10 or 15 years there's going to be more than just one

space

station

in fact...
when we'll say oh the

space

station

people say what you want and that's going to be really neat we're going to have people that are going to be able to to everyday people regular scientists and engineers even people with tourists they can buy a ticket to go see it's go to the

space

station

s in orbit we're going to be manufacturing new things that are going to make life better on planet earth and there's a great uh unique opportunity for our country united states to establish these industries in low-earth orbit to make life better on planet earth and continue the engine of our of our economy of high-tech i don't think astronauts are as famous today as they used to be nor do i think they should be if everybody whoever flew into

space

became infinitely famous then we're not making it available for anybody so when we get into an airliner who knows the name of the captain of the airliner nobody knows the cabin in the airliner and if

space

flight is ever going to become as commonplace as we'd like it to be astronauts are just pilots who get people back and forth it's really going to be this combined effort probably with multiple commercial industries working together along with government and i think that's how we're going to see the future of

space

exploration you know to the moon and then eventually to mars you know we don't have we wouldn't be able to sustain that type of exploration without commercial industry um and...
really a lot of it comes down to us the people right you need the people you need the ideas and you need those folks that come in and it's good to have a little bit of that commercial competition right it keeps everybody going and pushing forward towards a goal it's always great hearing from the crew members themselves they're getting a front row seat on the future human

space

flight and what an exciting future it is uh for anyone who wants to work in human

space

flight especially all the young people watching today exactly but first we've got this critical uncrew flight test which is a important step in the journey to

launch

american astronauts from american soil and nasa will use the data from this test flight to help certify the systems to carry those astronauts we just heard from we are about 38 minutes from

launch

now so we want to check in on the rocket dylan what's the latest you're hearing from the asoc hey things are continuing to go very well here in the asoc um we've gotten the report that the all the ground crews have cleared the crew access tower they've moved a safe distance away from the pad up to a road block on the on the beach road there so things are going very well here we do have a weather update planned in about about eight minutes at l minus 30 minutes uh not expecting any surprises there although we've had a breezy past couple of days the weather continues to be very favorable for a

launch

on time today so we're...
looking forward to that final weather report um and the team here is just to continue to remain uh focused but very excited the mood here as been discussed previously is really electric the team is just um very excited to be uh getting ever closer to

launch

and we're really looking forward to that hitting that t0 at 636 here in just a little while josh murray back to you thanks dylan i know for y'all at ula today isn't something all that new you have more than 130 successful

launch

es under your belt that's why

boeing

chose the

launch

chose atlas to

launch

starliner

because when we were deciding on a

launch

vehicle ula was

boeing

's obvious choice when you're talking about

launch

ing people safety and reliability are the biggest priorities one of the design parameters on the

space

craft from the very beginning was to be

launch

ed vehicle agnostic or to be able to move from one

launch

vehicle to the other without a significant amount of design change on the

space

craft for the early flights of the

starliner

we selected the atlas 5 because of its unparalleled safety and mission assurance the long-term success in this market is going to be driven by customer confidence and safety and reliability every aspect of our

space

craft and our systems has been designed with that as a primary goal now ula has

launch

ed nasa science missions to almost every planet in the solar system but this is the first time they're tasked with

launch

ing astronauts it's a very...
special mission for everyone involved and it's taken years to get here but let's take a look at some of the hard work that's happened just over the past few months to get these vehicles ready for today there you see um the atlas 5 being stacked at the vertical integration facility this operation was taking place on november 4th um and this was in preparation for a long

starliner

to be rolled out and made it on top so you see on the different stages of the rocket being hoisted into position there and there's

starliner

in front of our commercial crew and cargo processing facility it's an old

space

shuttle garage essentially and there it is rolling in front of the iconic vehicle assembly building here at kennedy

space

center this rollout was on november 21st it took about a six mile path out to the

launch

pad we got some beautiful drone footage of that day i love these shots it was a gorgeous day with a

space

craft rolling down the beach you know a site you can really only see here at the kennedy

space

center there it is going down beach road approaching that vertical integration facility will be picked up by a crane and integrated with the rocket that really only takes a couple of hours it's pretty impressive how quickly our teams can work on this and then from there it was ready to be rolled out to the pad for i know tori talked about earlier that wet dress rehearsal with the fueled rocket that was the integrated day of

launch

test for all the teams to...
practice one final time before today exactly there it is rolling for that test and most of that video covers the last few months as we got ready for

launch

but it really doesn't even scratch the surface of all the hard work that's taken by so many people to get

starliner

ready for today but we are finally here today so let's go back to the bmcc to see how

starliner

is doing tori our

launch

team our

launch

team's tracking any issues right now hi josh uh here in the bmcc we are not tracking any issues it looks like everything is set and ready for for a good and clean

launch

here uh in the in ksc now uh you can see the the people in the room here are all really tied into data that's coming in and all of these teams are really just looking at a bunch of data that's coming off the rocket in real time right now to ensure that everything that we see is well inside envelopes for a safe and successful flight everything is looking great here in the bmcc so back to you joshua marie all right thanks a lot tori we want to give you a closer look of those beautiful views of

starliner

and atlas 5 over on

space

launch

complex 41. you can see it right behind us yeah we're about 33 minutes away from

launch

so let's take a look at what the

launch

and a set phases of

starliner

's mission will look like today the mission starts at t minus zero with liftoff after the atlas v booster engines water life and send the vehicle skyward soon after at t plus 12 seconds...
the rocket begins the roll program putting the crew in a heads down position to help with acceleration forces max q starts at 41 seconds that's also known as max aerodynamic pressure this is a critical time when the atmospheric forces on the rocket are the highest they'll reach at one minute 35 seconds the two solid rocket boosters run out of fuel and burn out less than a minute later at plus 222 they separate from the booster the main engine keeps burning for almost two more minutes then at plus 429 booster engine cutoff or biko six seconds later the booster stage separates and six seconds after that so does the ascent cover on top of

starliner

at plus 4 minutes 45 seconds the centaur upper stage ignites pushing

starliner

to near orbital speeds then at plus 505 the aeroskirt jettisons since

starliner

and centaur are free of the atmosphere and no longer need that aerodynamic support after a long six plus minute push from centaur main engine cutoff or miko happens at plus 11 54. then when centaur successfully separates almost 15 minutes after

launch

the rocket's job is done but

starliner

is not quite in orbit yet after a long 16 minute coast and 31 minutes after

launch

starliner

ignites four of its a facing omak engines for the orbital insertion burn and the ascent profile is complete it's definitely going to be an exciting ascent but before the rocket is declared ready for

launch

some teams have to report readiness in some upcoming polls right before the...

launch

vehicle poll the

starliner

control rooms are up first both teams in florida and houston are preparing to report out so let's go back to houston to see how they're doing steve how's mission control thank you josh everything looks very exciting there in florida here richard jones will be polling his team in just a few minutes this is the final chance for him to get a go no go from his team of system specialists and then he will use that poll to inform his own go no-go decision for the

launch

conductors poll later that will uh set the stage to come out of terminal count and meanwhile in

space

the

international

space

station

crew is standing by for today's

launch

as well they are commander luca parmitano from the european

space

agency isa nasa flight engineers christina cook jessica mear and andrew morgan and roscosmos flight engineers oleg skropochka and alex kortsov they're all going to be waiting on board the

space

station

for

starliner

's arrival tomorrow but mir and cook have a particularly crucial road role to play in that rendezvous they'll be sending commands to the

starliner

vehicle helping with some of the demonstrations to make sure it's going to be able to rendezvous safely so this will be the next uh the next major milestone as we count down towards 20 years of continuous human presence in

space

the

international

space

station

a football field sized million pound laboratory flying around planet earth at 17 500 miles per hour...
it's our home in low earth orbit and the bridge to exploring the far reaches of our solar system a place to learn what it takes to live to work to thrive in

space

thanks to

space

agencies representing more than a dozen countries around the world it went from the drawing board to liftoff when the first piece flew into

space

in 1998 that kicked off over a decade of construction hauling the

station

to orbit piece by piece on nasa's

space

shuttle and russian rockets and after the first crew arrived in november 2000 we started an unbroken streak of humans living and working in

space

building on the legacy of past outposts like skylab and mir the

international

space

station

became the training ground for humanity's next great journeys learning how to live in

space

for extreme periods of time building and perfecting the technologies necessary to travel to our neighbors in the solar system it gave us a place right on our doorstep to prepare for the next giant leap into the unknown and thanks to the

station

a new era in outer

space

is unfolding what was once the domain of only nations and governments is now populated by a growing

space

fleet from american industry private

space

craft to fly cargo and crew members new habitats and technologies for future

space

missions and an open door for companies research institutions and even students around the world to do research in

space

that have never had the opportunity before all laying the foundation for a robust economy in...

space

there have been thousands of experiments hundreds of

space

walks endless hours of challenges and successes all done by humans hailing from countries around the globe the

international

space

station

is what we can achieve as a planet when we come together to do the things that are hard and the work isn't slowing down because we're ready for the next giant leap because we're ready to go farther because what we do and learn along the way is for the benefit of all of humankind and you really get an idea from that of the importance of the research and the benefit from the

international

space

station

every day astronauts living up there doing their experiments there is nowhere like

space

to test the systems that astronauts will rely on when they go to the moon and on to mars and of course before we make those flights we have to make these flights including carrying carrying a few hundred pounds of cargo to the

international

space

station

including the food that will go up as kind of a care package for the crew up there also taking up flags coins and the illustrious silver snoopys and you know one of the phrases that you hear a lot in human

space

flight is standing on the shoulders of giants and that basically represents uh represents the the work that our predecessors have done to make this

space

program so successful and the work that everybody puts in every day to uh to achieve these wonderful missions so items like these like the flags they're often used to...
commemorate and uh tokens such as silver snoopies give us a chance to uh for

boeing

and nasa to thank the workforce that puts in everything that goes into these flights that's right that's one more reason to be excited to get

starliner

off the ground today so we can get some of that fun cargo back uh after landing in the meantime though uh the flight control team here in houston just gave richard jones there go for

launch

so uh everything's proceeding right on time and we're gonna hand back now to marie and josh all right thanks steven brandy um it is so cool to see you guys there in mission control houston for what will soon be crew

launch

es again and josh i know you and i both know the people behind the scenes just how many people involved and how long and hard they have just poured their hearts and souls into this you know i got chills myself hearing that mission control is go and i know the people sitting on console you know they're focused on their data but it's just such an emotional day for them still yep so we want to go over to dylan now in the asoc for a quick status check dylan how's it going over there hey marie we're continuing to have a very very clean countdown here the team is working no issues uh just a few moments ago we heard from

launch

weather officer jessica williams and got a weather report that's just about as good as it gets from uh from jessica and the

launch

weather team over at the 40th

space

wing 45th

space

wing...
clear skies we're go in all constraints with just a 10 probability of violation for uh for ground winds but those winds are well under our constraints so we're not looking for for any with weather issues this morning you know one of the big differences between our countdown today as compared to countdowns that we run for our other missions is the length of this final built-in hold uh generally our final built-in hold is 15 or 30 minutes and that's dependent on our on our

launch

window but today's built-in hole in the in the built-in hole that we're going to use for commercial crew missions is four hours and that during that time is the time when the

boeing

team goes back out and uh finishes loading up that cargo into the

starliner

as well as that's when they

launch

or load the astronauts as well those are all the processes that the team has checked out today of course all that is wrapped up and done um so the remaining work we have ahead of us here are we're going to be closing out our prop and hydraulic systems get those configured for flight the avionics team will be taking the final upper level wind data loading that into our avionics system so that the rocket can steer appropriately through our through the atmosphere with the upper level winds there will be some com checks completed between the lcc here mission control in houston the bmcc over kennedy

space

center and eventually that com check will include astronauts as well we'll get that...
crew access arm retracted and then we'll move into our final polling for

launch

josh marie that's the update from the asoc thanks dylan that's really about as good a forecast as you can hope for fingers crossed that mother nature keeps cooperating absolutely and in the meantime mission teams across the country continue preparing for flight now in case of an emergency on the ground nasa's steve payne is on standby in the emergency operation center he's the guy you hope you never have to call but you'll be glad he's there if you do in an emergency steve would coordinate all the resources on site to make sure we get everyone out safely and in denver ula's balor team led by lars onsiger is preparing for ascent lars and his team are only on console for ula during

starliner

flights they're looking specifically for anything that could go wrong on ascent and will relay data to mission control to be prepared for an abort today is just practice for them since our abort system is not active and there's not crew on board now throughout the show we've been answering your questions about

starliner

on social media that's right and we want to take uh we got a really cool photo from a

starliner

super fan watching um all the way across the pond in ireland uh of course he didn't have to get up quite so early because i think it's morning there now but um hayden thank you so much for sending your photo and please if you're watching um...
follow us use the hashtag ask nasa show us how you're watching today's

launch

hey and i hope he sees a good

launch

today and as mission teams prepare for the final parts oh sorry we have a question uh stemcore wants to know uh about the new

boeing

blue

space

suit design and the materials used so it's made out of nomex which is kind of standard for a lot of

space

suits um because it's you know fire resistant and so it would keep the astronauts safe if there's anything going wrong but we added a lot of innovations on top of kind of what the shuttle suit did um i think chris ferguson's favorite is it's got a hooded kind of seal so it's a soft shell hood you don't have this heavy helmet on but otherwise it's got touch screen sensitive sensitive gloves more comfortable shoes that were made by reebok um and you know just overall a much lighter more comfortable suit for the astronauts we will get to see them debut those uh the next time

starliner

flies so as mission teams prepare for the final parts of the countdown we want to hear from some of the people who have been working so hard to get this brand new

space

craft to this point building a

space

craft is hard this whole team has been through highs and lows to get here but being this close to flight is an emotional time for everyone on our team so let's hear from some of the people who have spent years pouring their hearts into making

starliner

if i'm not 100 involved every single day we...
are putting i'm sorry i'm getting emotional some of us if if something's not right then you know we're not going to sleep that tonight you know what i mean if something's not right i'm i'm not going to sleep so we're going to get it straightened out you're not just carrying the dreams of a particular company an agency but of the entire world both

boeing

and nasa are doing something right now not just for the benefit of a private company like

boeing

not just for an agency like nasa they're doing this on behalf of the nation for the benefit of mankind this is human

space

flight we've got people we've got teammates and colleagues that are going to fly in this vehicle we need to make sure that we get them there safely and we get them back safely i fly it every time if i could there's no point to any of this to commercial human

space

flight if we don't make sure our crew is safe nobody understands this i don't think anybody really outside of this business understands what we're doing these

space

craft are hand built from the ground up and we don't even use power tools on any little piece means something important you don't know what you don't know and it's just a lessons learned and keeping your eyes and ears open everybody watches everybody else you have to you can't make mistakes there is no room for error i've heard people say would you make that decision with chris's wife in the room and...
the answer is always you got to put 110 percent every day you know and take time from our families to make sure that he can come home to his our grass is tall at home and our kids are looking for us but i'm building a

space

ship to get back to a

space

ship that i made already you can't tweak something when you're up there you can only do it one time i know what i've done is a pretty good job i might not be riding on it but i'm i'm right there with them

launch

is going to be a great day but that's just the start for us when we see it land and everybody's safe that's going to be really when we do the high fives now some of those people are sitting in the bmcc you're looking at them right now on console they should be about to enter their final poll and the

boeing

launch

teams have reported out from the control room on the hardware readiness that signaled that

starliner

is ready for that terminal count and tory's been keeping tabs on their progress tori how are the final

starliner

polls going thanks josh the start final

starliner

polls are going excellent we actually just heard all the engineering teams go through their final poll so that and say that they are go and green for

launch

so everything here out of the bmcc is looking great we have everybody really tied in and they're ready for that terminal count now we have a message for you at home from the woman who named rosie the riveter hi everyone i'm leanne corett i'm...
thrilled to be here today at kennedy

space

center visitor complex inside the astronaut hall of fame surrounded by the heroes and legends that have inspired the work we're doing here today my parents actually met while working on the saturn v program and i was born right here on florida's

space

coast like many of you i'm inspired by the wonder of

space

exploration and it's humbling to be part of this moment in history we're so proud that

starliner

is the very first human

space

craft to be built and

launch

ed right here in florida thank you to all the teams across the country and as far away as australia who designed built and tested

starliner

and thank you to nasa we've been a proud nasa partner since the earliest days of

space

exploration and i can't wait to see what we'll accomplish together in the years ahead i want you to know that

space

is not the final frontier it's just the next one thanks to

starliner

getting there will be safe efficient and attainable thank you for watching our show and enjoy the

launch

now leanne is probably one of the people most excited about this whenever you talk to

space

about her her eyes just light up so we're all hoping for a great

launch

we actually just got confirmation that they are configuring

starliner

for the terminal count we are all go right now if you're just joining us we're minutes away from

starliner

's first

launch

attempt and ula will be getting ready soon to begin on its poll to...
enter the terminal count right now we're about 16 minutes from liftoff now this is a critical point in the countdown after the

launch

clock restarts at t minus four minutes if another hold is called we will scrub for the day one static checks proceed with terminal count atlas systems propulsion go hydraulics go pneumatics go lo2 go water go centaur systems propulsion pneumatics go lo2 lh2 go has gas go electrical systems airborne go ground go anomaly chief ac range coordinator clear to proceed

launch

director flash director is go and you have permission to

launch

we have a few minutes now to answer more of your questions about

starliner

we have one from ingram wants to know you have certain weight concerns obviously um so how do you take into account the weight of the paint used on

starliner

so of course every pound matters on a

space

craft and that's why we didn't use too much paint that we don't need if you can you know tell on the vehicle there's some some style paintings on there uh the nasa logo the

boeing

logo those kind of cool dash marks around the top um but that's the only paint that you know

starliner

doesn't need that gray paint covering is actually there for thermal uh properties you might remember if you've been following

starliner

for a while it used to be white but as we continued our analysis we decided that gray would be a little better and safer on reentry so we covered it up with this special gray paint that is very heat...
resistant yeah i mean you can see it well it's obviously it's really early in the morning the sun's not up yet but we've you can tell that kind of color um on the capsule at the top of the rocket on the pad there yeah exactly it's actually making use of thermal blankets the gray part is thermal blankets that you might remember from the

space

shuttle and the little black parts are thermal tiles also from the

space

shuttle but we have a brand new heat shield on the bottom i think we have time for one more question so we were we also got another interesting question about the g-forces moon man wanted to ask about the max loads expected during ascent um and then will the booster throttle down to maintain those lower gs so that's actually a great question ula is flying a very unique trajectory for us um it's going to fly flatter as moon man said and the booster will actu actually throttle down during the later stages of flight uh to maintain three and a half g's on the crew members i wanna oh the crew access arm is about to retract i thought it was retracting there but yeah so atlas will fly a little uh different flight than it's normally used to for us today but three and a half g's is uh not uncomfortable for the crew it's safe for them uh chris ferguson has described it still kind of feels like a gorilla sitting on your chest but that's a colorful description it's about normal for most

launch

es and we want you to keep those...
questions coming thank you for all the great questions just remember to use the ask nasa and we're standing by now keeping an eye on

space

launch

complex 41 waiting for that crew access arm to begin its retraction and when that happens we will start to see the arms swing away we'll see the the white room slowly move away from atlas and that's going to be one of the last visible things that we'll see ahead of

launch

so up to this point if there were crew on board um right before the crew access arm moves is where we'd configure the

launch

abort system um we'll see it slowly kind of move away but it can actually swing back to the capsule in under 20 seconds for a less urgent emergency like if there were a lightning storm coming and the crew had to get off the pad but really after that access arm goes away if they need to get off they're gonna they're gonna leave on

starliner

and josh you mentioned the abort system i know that's not active on this flight can you help explain to people why yeah so uh ula has this new emergency detection system on the top of their centaur upper stage it's basically two extra computers that are plugged into the rest of the rocket and they are just um you know really making sure that that system is going to work we don't want to cause a premature abort since that's this is the first time that that system's on atlas but you know that system is looking for what's called fast trigger abort so...
those are something that will happen so quickly that a human wouldn't be able to detect it and so we're going to see that of course is going to be activated um the next time

starliner

flies that that next flight's going to be called the crew flight test and that will carry uh

boeing

astronaut chris ferguson nasa astronauts mike fink and nicole mann and they will be next time sitting right on top of that atlas live inside

starliner

but but for today of course we've got rosie inside snoopy inside um and 600 pounds of nasa cargo and we are a little over 11 minutes away from

launch

now again just standing by because we want to make sure you get to see live on that crew access arm swinging away so we're just keeping an eye on things for you there you can see uh centaur venting it that's completely normal for these

launch

es it's very cold liquid hydrogen and oxygen that are in that fuel tank and as they heat up they start to expand and vent out the top there oh control so the crew access arm for

launch

roger there we just heard the call that they're about to stow that crew access arm we've also got confirmation that

starliner

is running on internal power it is not relying on ground power anymore pulling power from its own batteries if you're just joining us we're just over 10 minutes from liftoff and we are oh there it is that looks like the crew access arm is beginning to move away from

starliner

you can see the white room ever so...
slightly starting to uh make its swing again this is one of the last major steps the next is the

launch

vehicle poll then we will release the four-minute hold and then we'll provide gst-100 on internal power verified now as that crew access arm retracts again the final pull for today is the

launch

vehicle pull if you've watched atlas

launch

es it will sound very familiar there's a big old piston pulling back that crew access arm and after atlas is declared ready for

launch

nasa and

boeing

will jointly decide whether they're going to move forward with the countdown again about nine minutes away from

launch

all right and there you see the crew access arm just finishing its swing away from the atlas v rocket and

starliner

and we want to go over to dylan rice in the asoc for a status update dylan hey marie so we're continuing to have a very clean countdown here we're just a few moments away now from chief

launch

director doug libo conducting that terminal account status check poll which will take us into our final final countdown to watch that terminal account status check poll is the final check from each operators operators associated with the ground systems the

launch

vehicle the uh

space

craft and the eastern range to ensure that uh all systems are ready to go for us to proceed into a terminal count and get the rocket

launch

ed so we're just about a minute away from that now i can tell you that you know we've executed this countdown many times for...
for a variety of different missions but the countdown today feels um feels quite a bit different than what we've normally done the excitement here is just uh is just unbelievable and we are we are very very um very very excited to uh see this see this mission go and go on time especially with such a clean countdown like we've had today so we're really looking forward to this um the team has not been talking any any issues at all on any of the other nets that i've been listening to so we're when that terminal account status check starts um we're expecting to hear goes across the board so i think we'll um we'll stand by here and listen for uh chief

launch

conductor doug libo to get that pole started here in about 20 seconds i think status check to proceed with terminal count atlas systems propulsion go hydraulics go pneumatic go lo2 go water go centaur systems propulsion go pneumatics go lo2 go lh2 go has gas go electrical systems airborne go ground fill facility go rffts go flight control go cube go op support go com go umbilical go arm control go ecs go redline monitor go quality go op safety manager go ula safety officer go vehicle system engineer go anomaly chief go range coordinator clear to proceed flight director why does it go

launch

director ld is go and lc you have permission to

launch

proceeding with the count alc verify t0 is set for 11 colon 36 colon 43 zulu verified well josh marie you heard it we are go for

launch

right on time all...
right thanks dylan yeah we heard some cheers behind us over at the press site when we heard that you have permission to

launch

um and i know they're feeling good about that over in the

boeing

mission control center tori standing by over there and we're hearing she's got a very special guest to say hello thanks marie yes i do a very special guest here today i have a chris ferguson first

boeing

astronaut and formal sp former

space

shuttle commander so chris you heard the poll you were in you're here you know being part of some of the other polls this morning can you tell us how it's going um well every

launch

has its exciting moments we had a few earlier with a minor issue that came up but we've developed all the necessary rationale to go flying and you just listen to the poll basically everybody is in line and in agreement that we're in a good configuration to go fly so uh it uh it was a little close but hey we're uh we're gonna be off to the races here in a few short minutes i know this is this is a really exciting time right less than five minutes here until

launch

so you know it's it's funny when we say we're less than five minutes to

launch

but i know that you've been on the program for about eight years now so all of this i know has been leading up to this moment and the cft can you tell us a little bit more about your role within the

starliner

program i joined the program about like you said eight years ago shortly...
after the

space

shuttle program ended and uh it's uh it's been wonderful to be a part of the team it's been wonderful to have some influence in the design and now you know it's almost surreal there it is out on the pad you know the labor of the last uh eight and a half years is sort of coming to uh you know it's it's it's uh it's game day right the big test is and and mind you um you know our big game right for the

space

craft actually begins when the

launch

vehicle releases this 11 minutes from now so we've got a lot of work to do even though this is the exciting part that everybody enjoys watching the

launch

our big test really begins when the

launch

vehicle sort of releases us and and we have to go you know perform all the necessary demonstrations to get ready to dock to the

international

space

station

tomorrow so we've got a busy 24 hours yeah chris that's that is really exciting right it's busy but i know the teams here are up for the challenge absolutely all right josh marie thanks for coming to us back to you it was great hearing from chris we are three minutes and 20 seconds away the t-minus four minute hold was released while chris was uh telling us about how excited he is for

starliner

so we are going to quiet down listening to the loops um i want to note that on ascent because we have so many control rooms you will be hearing reports from the atlas

space

flight operations center from jsc and marie and i will stick...
around securing ls2 topping atlas thanks to flight pressure 2 minutes 50 seconds fts internal two and a half minutes atlas tanks are at flight levels centaur will be momentarily if you're just joining us we're approaching two minutes from the very first flight of

boeing

's cst cst-100

starliner

to the

international

space

station

159 vehicle internal 155 start 150 to carrying centaur lh2 securing center lo2 there's the rocket is now on internal power as well both atlas and our tanks

launch

enabled 137 fts armed that was the flight termination software with atlas viewers off course 120 oc is armed that's the account started eds ascent mode that was that emergency detection system eds t minus one minute rock report range status range green 54 b.o.p started 30 seconds t-minus 25 seconds status check go atlas go centaur go

starliner

go to

starliner

ten nine eight seven six five four three two one and lift off the rise of

starliner

and a new era in human

space

now ten seconds into flight people's begun the pitch over the program body rate responses look good have 15 seconds gone closer control party money looks good not available rd180 engine operating parameters continue to look good vehicles now passing through max q maximum dynamic pressure chamber pressures on both srvs continue to look good rd180 engine operating parameters also continue to look good now passing one minute into flight and mach 1 atlas 5 is now supersonic and vehicle now throttling up...
engine response looks good continues to good chamber pressure on both srvs one minute 20 seconds into flight body rate responses on the vehicle look good one minute 30 seconds in standing by for survey burnout and we have burnout on both solid rocket boosters atlas will hold on to the srbs for an additional 48 seconds prior to jettison rd-180 has gone back up to full thrust as expected engine response looks good one minute 50 seconds in atlas is now 17 miles in altitude 11 and a half miles downrange distance traveling at 2 300 miles per hour now passing two minutes into flight rd-180 engine operating parameters continue to look good at full thrust and at two minutes 11 seconds into flight the atlas rocket now weighs just one half of what it did at

launch

burning propellant at a rate of 2 800 pounds per second and we've seen good indication of jettison of both solid rocket boosters vehicles gone to close loop guidance now just under two minutes remaining in the booster phase of flight two minutes 35 seconds into flight rd-180 continues to perform well engine's now throttling down slightly engine response looks good and atlas 5 is now traveling at over five times the speed of sound centaur reaction control system is now pressurizing to flight levels system response looks good 3 minutes 10 seconds into flight atlas 5 is now 38 miles in altitude 80 miles downrange distance traveling at 5 800 miles per hour rd-180 engine operating parameters continue to look good now one...
minute remaining until engine cut off body rate responses continue to look good throughout the booster phase of flight and rd-180 is now throttling to maintain a constant 3.5 g acceleration limit engine responses will all look good 3 minutes 55 seconds into flight and centaur's begun the boost phase chill down sequence 20 seconds to biko rd-180 continuing to look good as it throttles to maintain that constant 3.5 g acceleration limit atlas pu has gone to open loop in preparation for beco and standing by for beco and we have beco booster engine cutoff standing by for stage separation and we have good indication of stage separation we have pre-start on the rl10 standing back for ignition we have ignition and full thrust on both rl10 engines chamber pressures look good on both engines we have confirmation of the scent covered jettison on

starliner

skirt jettison and we have good indication of aeroscore jettison since are now resuming active attitude control after successful aeroskir jettison chamber pressures on both rl10 engines continue to look good this was a very critical piece of the mission here staging is always a very dynamic piece of flight passing five minutes 30 seconds into flight and the centaur rcs system is beginning the initial thruster firings for system thermal conditioning system response looks good now once again centaur will continue burning for about another five minutes now passing six minutes into flight and centaur is now 95 miles in altitude 570...
miles downrange distance traveling at 12 000 miles an hour those dual rl10 engines continue to propel

starliner

they are making up for a little bit of the booster flying a flatter trajectory and at lower thrust again to maintain that three and a half g forces again a first flight for the dual engine centaur on an atlas v

starliner

and centaur continue to head to orbit throughout the centaur burn timber pressures have remained very stable just under five minutes now remaining in the burn and centaur is now 102 miles in altitude 800 miles downrange distance traveling at 12 700 miles per hour and the centaur propellant utilization system continuing with active control looks good body rate responses are all very close to null that means atlas is flying almost exactly where it needs to be now passing eight minutes into flight if you are just joining us eight minutes into

starliner

's first flight we've been through a successful booster stage separation centaur continues to propel

starliner

the next major milestone will be main engine cutoff at 11 minutes and 58 seconds both centaur rl10 engines are continuing to perform well throughout the burn chamber pressures look good and now coming up on nine minutes into flight centaur is 101 miles in altitude 1 200 miles downrange distance traveling at 14 300 miles per hour now the two control rooms you are looking at on the left that is ula's denver operations control center they are a backup control room for the control room on...
the right which is the actual atlas

space

flight operations center they were the ones who

launch

ed the rocket about nine and a half minutes ago as you can see everyone is locked in on their screens monitoring data you might have noticed there wasn't much excitement during

launch

but ula will be happy once we get to uh stage separation which is coming up almost 15 minutes after

launch

so about five minutes from now centaur system performance remains nominal throughout this burn continuing to see stable values on our fuel and oxidizer tank pressures main vehicle battery temperatures and pressures and continue to see good pressures on our helium and hydrazine storage bottles telemetry quality has been good throughout this burn only seeing very brief minor dropouts now approximately one minute remaining in the burn so once again after

starliner

separates from centaur coming up in about four minutes

starliner

will circularize its orbit with an orbital insertion burn again about 30 seconds to main engine cut off chamber pressures on both rl10s continue to look good now ahead of main engine cutoff we are seeing good tank pressure on

starliner

itself batteries are in a nominal temperature good pressure sensor readings from

starliner

as it prepares to free fly for the first time in orbit standing by for main engine cutoff and we have miko main engine cutoff body rate responses have remained very stable now passing 12 minutes into flight now

starliner

will stay attached to centaur...
again until about 15 minutes expected to separate at 14 minutes and 58 seconds after liftoff and that will be the first time

starliner

free flies in orbit and at that point richard jones and his team in houston will have full control over the vehicle and they will set it up for an orbital insertion burn that will take place 16 minutes after separation approximately two minutes now remaining until oft capsule separation body rate responses continue to look very stable throughout this coast so you're looking at the

boeing

mission control center there at this point they have transitioned to a mission support room the people you're seeing sitting on console designed tested and built

starliner

they are the experts on the systems so if flight controllers need any help they will be the ones answering the call passing 30 seconds into flight in just over a minute we're expecting to hear that

starliner

has separated from the vehicle and about one minute now remaining until oft separation body rates in the roll pitch in yaw direction all very close to null and about 30 seconds away from

space

craft's app now standing by for

space

craft separation and we have good indication of separation of the oft capsule there it is ula has successfully completed their piece of the mission

starliner

is free flying for the first time in

space

from here the johnson

space

center mission controllers will be flying

starliner

we will hear reports exclusively from there and

starliner

's...
software has been switched to orbit mode meaning the

space

craft is executing the commands it needs for operating in

space

following a successful

launch

into orbit into the orbital trajectory this is just one step flight controllers are taking in configuring

starliner

now that it's flying on its own flight controllers are setting up for the orbital insertion burn which will take place in about 15 minutes little over 15 minutes and that'll circularize

starliner

's orbit as it sets off to chase the

international

space

station

the team here is also turning off several systems that were needed for powered flight but are not necessary now that

starliner

is in orbit while some are turned off others will be turned on such as the thruster housings that will be used to maneuver

starliner

in

space

and the solar arrays the thrusters will steer

starliner

through orbit and the solar arrays will of course convert the sun's energy into uh electric energy to charge the

space

craft batteries the centaur has intentionally left

starliner

in an elliptical trajectory that would make it easy for the

space

craft and more importantly its future crews to come back to earth at this point if there were a problem but that means it's all on

starliner

to make it the rest of the way into a stable orbit and on track for the

space

station

talking this is where

starliner

's orbital maneuvering and attitude control engines come into play those 20 engines can provide each up to 1400 pounds of...
thrust which is more than enough to neatly heave

starliner

that last little bit into orbit they'll fire for about 40 seconds setting

starliner

on the right path not only for docking with the

space

station

but also a series of demonstrations that

starliner

will perform before docking and those demonstrations will prove that

starliner

is ready to safely dock with the

space

station

they actually began on the

launch

pad when we performed a check to make sure that

starliner

's gps and navigation systems agreed that it was indeed on the

launch

pad after the upcoming orbital insertion burns the demonstrations will continue so that ground controllers can ensure that the

space

craft systems are functioning correctly when these first demos are complete

starliner

will resume its path to the

international

space

station

and our systems here are telling us that these early early steps are complete and

starliner

's systems are doing exactly what they are supposed to do we still have a few minutes before that orbital insertion burn about 13 minutes uh until it takes place so let's go back to florida where josh and marie have watched a spectacular morning liftoff brandi it was a beautiful

launch

from here in florida it took off right here behind us it is you know the sun is starting to rise there's a little bit of a rocket plume left over there behind us no rocket left back there but it was just i mean it was stunning to see i mean i know you weren't looking from this...
view you're looking much closer but i mean we just turned around in our seats too to watch it here and we could feel the rumble and i know um you didn't see people celebrating in the control rooms because you know their job's not done at liftoff it goes beyond that much further and so um people are i think now just beginning to breathe again um and so folks are just uh so happy about um this accomplishment i mean obviously this is just the beginning of the mission but such a huge momentous occasion this morning and uh we're actually hearing that uh in the bmcc uh tori pedrotti is with lewis atchison who was

starliner

's very first

launch

conductor and saw us through a successful first

launch

torrey and lewis got to be feeling pretty good right now yes thank you josh that is uh it's really excellent to have lewis here and to have you know take him away from console for just a minute to talk with us so lewis i know that you and chris ferguson have been very close through this entire process and i know that he asked you to create the

launch

procedures can you give us some some details about that sure i think as you all know chris has a very uh vested interest in how the

launch

procedures were put together uh i started with the program uh probably about seven years ago about a year in i was still a flight test engineer on the program i happened to run into chris on in the elevator on the way to work one morning and quite frankly i didn't know he knew my...
name but he said hey louis if you've got a little bit of spare time can you uh work and maybe see if you can figure out how these

launch

procedures are going to work for the program and of course i was like oh yeah sure spare time i can i can find time to you know gen up some

launch

procedures uh so that began a uh basically a six-year journey on finding a unique way to integrate uh the united

launch

alliance atlas v

launch

procedure which is a tried and tested

launch

process with something that had never flown before our

space

capsule and were a lot different than any of the other payloads that they've flown so as you can imagine we had to merge several different cultures our flight control team which is uh really homegrown from nasa our ground control team which is uh here at c3pf that performs a lot of the

space

craft power-up activities and located here in c3pf that's correct i'm florida local so working through those processes procedures and and finding a way to integrate all that and oh by the way we have to find time to load a crew one day and so taking that and marrying those things up so that everything comes together for an instantaneous

launch

window so today fortunately we made our window um you know it's a first flight program we saw some challenges over the evening but we've got a world-class team here and they were able to pull through the little things that we were seeing fortunately we've had a good training program along the way...
and uh it's just an incredibly exciting day i know and seeing so far a successful flight has just been one of the best experiences i've had working on this program but so you mentioned you know we had some a little bit of setbacks some issues that we needed to work through so i'm guessing today didn't go exactly according to plan no first flight ever does so yeah we were um we were working a couple issues with the com sub system fortunately the flight control team was able to work it out before we went to fly today a few days ago we had a couple issues with the hatch which we were able to which we learned about when we did our integrated day of

launch

test was which was actually a fantastic test we did a couple of modifications to account for the fact that when there's pressure changes outside we need to bleed a little bit of that pressure off so we can get the hatch open you'd be surprised how just a little pressure difference over a large surface area makes it really tough to open so we were able to get that fixed so the pad team here and the recovery team in the desert are going to be able to open that side hatch uh pretty seamlessly that's excellent and it's there's nothing like a flight test to learn these things right so this is the reason why we why we test i completely agree and and this being the first

launch

that had the opportunity to work in a control center right next to the

launch

vehicle um we've sinned we've trained...
for this and there was nothing quite like the feeling of the monitors and the floor shaking after that rocket took off today so it was a amazing electric atmosphere this morning i completely agree is there anything that you'd like to share with the team you know here in florida back in houston anybody watching sure so um first of all uh i have to thank my family for all the um the the time patience and effort that was put in over the past uh several years we work a lot of long hours to make these kind of things happen and i realized that they're at home watching eagerly excited about the the next part of the mission which will be the recovery operation that i'm a part of um and also the team right this is the one of the greatest team sports you could ever possibly imagine and it takes a lot of people to make all this happen and a lot of people need to be at the right place at the right time and know the right stuff in order to make this instantaneous

launch

window happen and quite frankly everything happened on this program right well thank you louis it's been great to have you here thank you so much for taking some time to talk to us thank you josh marie back to you thank you tori thanks so much tori uh well you know before we go back to jfc as they're getting ready for the orbital insertion burn i just want to you know send a message out to everyone watching not here from florida if you've never seen a rocket

launch

before it's like nothing...
you've ever seen i mean it quite literally looks like another sun is rising up into the sky so the next time we do this there's going to be people on board and if you're in the states you can drive down here to florida and come watch us fly yes just be prepared for a lot of traffic don't expect to be going anywhere anytime soon after

launch

because um we expect the place to be pretty jammed up just like it was during the

space

shuttle days yeah i think there was upwards of a million people here up now uh this is actually some video that we got of the pad team right as they were closing up the white room showing us uh their enthusiasm before they got off the pad just taking a team moment to reflect on the the history of this day yeah i mean and you don't always see it when we're doing these operational things but the the people behind the scenes i mean you saw them in that embrace there it's really like a family um nasa

boeing

ula we work side by side together every day these people putting in these long hours they're doing this together everybody working towards a common goal and you saw the culmination of that when we had that instantaneous liftoff on the first try exactly and you know like you said it's very much like a family a lot of these folks are going to be spending christmas you know making sure

starliner

is doing well attached to the

international

space

station

it just takes so much hard work and dedication to do what they do and...
we want to go back over to houston uh we are standing by uh before too long

starliner

is going to be in orbit so we want to get uh an update from steve and brandy to see how things are going over there hi guys thank you folks it is uh it is very looking very good here in houston we are about um five and a half minutes away from the orbital insertion burn that's going to circularize the the orbit of

starliner

starliner

is currently flying over southeast europe as it begins its chase uh about 25 minutes ago begun its chase of the

international

space

station

that's right the

international

space

station

was about 260 miles over a great australian bite south of western australia when it uh when

starliner

launch

ed today and the crew members on board were sent up some video of their

launch

so i know that they were probably following along and cheering with everybody here on the ground as well they're looking forward to seeing

starliner

talk to the

space

station

tomorrow and it's going to take um going to take a little more than 24 hours for the

starliner

to reach

international

space

station

on this orbital flight test the regular docking scenario will not take that long when there is a crew on board but since this is the first flight of

starliner

want to make sure that all the systems are working that everything's doing what it's supposed to after all

starliner

is flying itself to this so even though it's going mach 25 right now 17 500 miles an hour to...
catch up to the

space

station

still going to take a little time make sure all the systems are working the way they're supposed to make sure

starliner

knows where it is where it's going and will reach it in time that's right and we're now about four minutes away from that orbital insertion burn uh the team here on the ground is uh following along making sure that all the systems are hooking up and uh talking like they're supposed to as as we do get closer to that that'll be about a 40-second burn um again moving uh

space

at the

starliner

into the right orbit to catch up with

space

station

and it's going to be the four omac engines that are on

starliner

they are orbital maneuvering and control engines 1500 pounds of thrust each so combined a 6 000 pound kick to push

starliner

a little bit a little bit higher a little bit faster raise the orbit and get everything together of course those engines are going to play a big role throughout the next 24 hours as the

starliner

makes its run at the

international

space

station

we are now about three minutes and 14 seconds away from the orbital insertion burn this of course follows a terrific

launch

this morning and the power of the atlas v putting

starliner

on the exact right course and speeding it from zero to orbital velocity in uh in just about 11 and a half minutes i think of powered flight it's amazing how little time it takes to get to

space

so controllers here are looking carefully at all of their...
systems making sure everything is good it's very quiet here in the control room which is always a good sign that means the controllers are heads down watching over the systems and keeping track of everything that's going on just above the middle east now we're also seeing here that uh

starliner

's reaction control system engines they are for the fine adjustments 100 pound class engines are making small adjustments as uh as

starliner

adjusts its attitude moving uh moving above earth less than two minutes to go until that burn and you can see here the control room here in houston

starliner

mission control this is of course a flight control room that's been used before for nasa missions but this is the inaugural

starliner

mission so it's the first time that it's been used for this

boeing

space

craft and of course controllers are used to this room and have spent a number of a number of hours in here doing uh simulations and everything it's a very professional crew and many of these folks are veterans of the shuttle shuttle mission certainly richard jones flight director who is overseeing this ascent and entry team and we are less than a minute away from the orbital insertion burn flight controllers here are not working any technical issues the unmac engines are getting getting positioned to uh make that 40 second firing that will circularize

starliner

's orbit and get it into a position to continue its chase to the

international

space

station

...
which is itself currently coming up on central america and controllers are maneuvering

starliner

into the into the right attitude for this for this orbital insertion burn controllers watching the systems and the orbital insertion burn has been delayed controllers are watching the attitude of

starliner

as it positions itself and looking at the at the

space

craft in flight once again that orbital insertion burn that was supposed to take place about five and a half minutes ago has been delayed as the team here on the ground is seeing uh starlander uh not in the in the correct attitude for it they're they're working through that and we'll be looking for the next chance to get that done currently

starliner

is using its hundred-pound class thrusters to maneuver in

space

we are 37 minutes into this first flight of

starliner

and flight controllers are seeing what the mac engines are of course 1500 pound class thrusters each one of them there's four of them on

starliner

that's what they'll use to complete the orbital insertion burn team here in starlander mission control still working through some steps to try and get

starliner

in the right attitude for the orbital insertion burn working on the next the next opportunity for that and and and looking to get

starliner

in a good position for that and flight director richard jones reports that we are in a stable orbit

starliner

is in a stable orbit once again

starliner

is now in a stable orbit uh they've got it...
in a stable position but the teams here on the ground are working through what the what the best next steps for

starliner

should be and richard jones reports that his flight controllers are turning the

starliner

space

craft to the what we call a tail sun position that means the solar rays will be pointing to the sun to recharge the batteries on

starliner

and of course to power the systems on the

space

craft

starliner

is in a stable orbit and flight controllers are working through all the options at their disposal as this maneuver to put

starliner

in a tail sun position takes place

starliner

's flight path and orbit are both stable and we do have an off nominal insertion reported we have

space

craft control guidance and control teams are assessing their next maneuvers

space

craft batteries are good and the

space

craft is in a stable orbit view here inside

starliner

mission control where flight controllers are working through what the next steps for

starliner

should be you can see flight director richard jones standing up there beside the uh behind the flight director console talking with with his team members here in the room and once again we have had an um off nominal insertion we have

space

craft control guidance and control teams here at

starliner

mission control are assessing options assessing all their options and contemplating the next maneuvers for the

space

craft

starliner

has good batteries and is in a stable orbit and the flight control team also reporting that...

starliner

did uh finish moving into that uh tail sun position that will allow its batteries to recharge and if you're just tuning in

starliner

lifted off from cape canaveral florida at 6 36 central time this morning we have had a re off nominal insertion and mission control teams here at

starliner

mission control are assessing all of their options for the

starliner

space

craft it is in a stable orbit it has power and its solar array is facing the sun to recharge its batteries further that horrible insertion burn was scheduled to take place 31 minutes after

launch

uh but uh didn't happen on schedule again teams here on the ground are evaluating their their various options looking at what the best next steps for

starliner

might be and once again if you are just joining a

starliner

lifted off from cape canaveral florida this morning at 6 36 a.m central time to begin its chase of the

international

space

station

we have since experienced a off nominal insertion and the

space

craft has essentially is in a stable position it's it's fully powered mission control here in houston is assessing all the options we're going to step away from the broadcast and you can stay updated on everything that is taking place with the

starliner

mission on

boeing

.com we'll also be getting you more information here on nasa tv as the morning progresses thanks so much for joining us today we're going to sign off for now but we'll have more information for you soon hey...
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