Tune in for Starliner Postlanding News Conference

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is seen after it landed in White Sands, New Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner landed safely this morning, concluding the company’s Orbital Flight Test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

NASA Astronaut Suni Williams, who will command the next mission of the Starliner that landed this morning, named this Orbital Flight Test capsule “Calypso.” The name is an ode to the ship of Jacques Cousteau and invokes the vastness of the sea and space. 

Tune into NASA TV for a postlanding news conference at 10:00 a.m. EST with:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch Division
  • Steve Stich, deputy manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Lands Safely

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner moments after landing in White Sands, New Mexico

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner touched down safely at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico at 7:58 a.m. EST, concluding its Orbital Flight Test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Recovery teams are beginning work to retrieve Starliner this morning.

Infrared image of CST-100 Starliner touching down in White Sands, New Mexico

NASA and Boeing will host a postlanding news conference at 10 a.m. EST with:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch Division
  • Steve Stich, deputy manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

To participate in the postlanding news conference via phone bridge, media must contact the newsroom at NASA’s Johnson Space Center at 281-483-5111 no later than 9:45 a.m. The news conference will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

 

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Service Module Separation Confirmed

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner has separated from its service module. Drogue parachute deployment is expected at approximately 7:53 a.m. EST, with main parachutes deploying soon afterwards.

Tune in now for continuing live NASA TV coverage of the landing at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico.

Go/No Go Poll for Deorbit Burn Complete

Landing teams have just completed a go/no go poll for the deorbit burn of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on return from its Orbital Flight Test. The deorbit burn will take place at approximately 7:23 a.m. EST.

Tune in now for continuing live NASA TV coverage of the landing at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico.

Landing Coverage of Boeing CST-100 Starliner Begins

Illustration of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner landing

Tune in now for live NASA TV coverage of the landing of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on return from its Orbital Flight Test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

At approximately 7:00 a.m. EST, teams will conduct a go/no go poll for the deorbit burn. Landing is scheduled for 7:57 a.m. EST, approximately one hour before sunrise at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico.

Tune in for Landing Coverage of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner

Illustration of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner reentry milestones

NASA and Boeing will provide live coverage this morning of the landing of the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, on return from its Orbital Flight Test for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Key Times (all times EST, all times approximate)
Hour/Min/Sec            Events
-06:45:00                   NASA TV coverage begins

-~07:00:00                Go/no go poll for the deorbit burn

-07:23:47                    Deorbit burn

-07:26:00                   Starliner separates from its service module

-07:53:00                   Drogue parachute deploy (main chutes soon after)

-07:57:33                    Landing

Landing will take place approximately one hour and six minutes before sunrise at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico.

NASA and Boeing will host a postlanding news conference at 10 a.m. with:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch Division
  • Steve Stich, deputy manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

To participate in the postlanding news conference via phone bridge, media must contact the newsroom at NASA’s Johnson Space Center at 281-483-5111 no later than 9:45 a.m. The news conference will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

The uncrewed Starliner spacecraft launched on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket Friday, Dec. 20, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Though Starliner did not reach the planned orbit or dock to the space station as planned, Boeing still was able to complete a number of test objectives. Teams from NASA, Boeing and ULA worked quickly to ensure the spacecraft was in a stable orbit and preserved enough fuel for multiple landing opportunities.

 

Boeing Starliner to Land Sunday Morning

Boeing, in coordination with NASA and the U.S. Army, is working to return its CST-100 Starliner to land in White Sands, New Mexico, on Sunday Dec. 22. NASA TV will air live coverage of the deorbit and landing beginning at 6:45 a.m. EST. The deorbit burn is scheduled for 7:23 a.m. EST, landing for 7:57 a.m. EST.

The uncrewed Boeing Starliner spacecraft launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 6:36 a.m. Friday, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a flight test to the International Space Station. The Starliner did not reach the planned orbit and will not dock to the space station. Teams worked quickly to ensure the spacecraft was in a stable orbit and preserved enough fuel for a landing opportunity.

Continuing updates on the Starliner flight:

NASA, Boeing Media Teleconference Streaming Now

NASA and Boeing are briefing media now to discuss the status of the Boeing Orbital Flight Test, and the test objectives that have been, and are expected to be, accomplished related to NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Audio of the teleconference is streaming live online at: https://www.nasa.gov/live