Boeing’s Starliner Headed to the International Space Station with Two NASA Astronauts Onboard

Starliner is scheduled to dock at the ISS at 12:15 p.m. ET on Thursday (June 6).

(Cape Canaveral, Florida) Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) Starliner mission - the company’s first mission responsible for taking humans to space - launched from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at at 10:52 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, June 5th). ![IMG_8557 copy 2 - 11w.jpg]

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Photo of this morning's Starliner launch courtesy of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Media Chief Emre Kelly on Instagram @emrekelly.

After several scrubbed launches - the most recent of which took place this past weekend, on June 1st, Starliner is headed to the International Space Station, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Starliner's journey to the ISS is expected to take approximately 24 hours.

At 11:10 a.m. ET, mission controllers confirmed that Starliner had reached orbit and successfully separated from the Centaur upper stage, and was successfully flying on its own in space, per NBC News.

Starliner is scheduled to dock at the ISS at 12:15 p.m. ET on Thursday (June 6).

Starliner is traveling with two NASA astronauts on board, Barry Wilmore, 61, and Sunita Williams, 58, who are expected to spend a week aboard the ISS and evaluate the Starliner spacecraft and its systems.

In 2010, Boeing was chosen by NASA to complete and certify Starliner by 2017 - with a $4.2 billion contract - along with SpaceX, which received a $2.6 billion grant, per NASA.

The NASA contract requires Boeing and SpaceX to complete at least one crewed flight test each, and to successfully complete several tasks including maneuvering in orbit and docking to the ISS. While SpaceX has now completed many visits to the ISS - in addition to eight operational crew missions for NASA - Boeing has undergone more than a decade of scrubbed and delayed missions, per Interesting Engineering,

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk shared the livestream of the launch on X and wished them the Boeing team the best of luck, with Tory Bruno, President and CEO of United Launch Alliance responding with “Thank you.”

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