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How to watch the first crewed flight of the Starliner spacecraft

[UPDATE: The first crewed launch attempt on Monday, May 6, was scrubbed two hours before liftoff due to an issue with the Atlas V rocket. Several other target dates have also been scrapped to give engineers more time to fix an issue found on the spacecraft. NASA is now hoping to launch the Starliner on Saturday, June 1. This article has been adjusted to include the new schedule.]

NASA and Boeing Space are making final preparations for the first crewed launch of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, with liftoff targeted for Saturday, June 1.

In a highly anticipated mission, a ULA Atlas V rocket will launch the Starliner and NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read on for the precise launch time and how you can watch a live broadcast of the early stages of the mission.

Wilmore and Williams will stay aboard the space station for about a week to test the Starliner spacecraft and its subsystems before NASA certifies the transportation system for rotational missions to the orbital outpost as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

NASA started using SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for crewed flights in 2020 and the addition of the Starliner will give the agency more flexibility when it comes to planning crewed flights to the ISS.

The first crewed flight has been a long time coming as the Starliner has faced a number of issues and delays during its development. On its maiden test flight in 2019, the vehicle failed to reach the ISS in a mission that surfaced a slew of technical problems. A second test flight in 2022 managed to dock with the station, though several more issues with the spacecraft had to be addressed following that mission.

Now NASA and Boeing are just about ready to test the spacecraft with astronauts on board.

How to watch

NASA is aiming to launch the Starliner from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:25 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 1.

Launch coverage will begin at 8:15 .a.m. ET on the NASA+ streaming channel, NASA Television, the NASA app, YouTube, and the agency’s website. You can also watch the broadcast via the video player embedded at the top of this page.

While launch coverage on NASA+ will end shortly after the Starliner reaches orbit, NASA Television will provide a live stream of the spacecraft docking with the ISS at 1:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 2. The hatch opening and welcoming remarks with the ISS Expedition 71 crew will take place at around 3:35 p.m. ET.

We will update this article with any further changes to the launch schedule, though you may also want to keep an eye on Boeing Space’s social media feed for the very latest news regarding the mission.

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