Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner’s four launch abort engines and several orbital maneuvering and attitude control thrusters ignite in the company’s Pad Abort Test, pushing the spacecraft away from the test stand with a combined 160,000 pounds of thrust, from Launch Complex 32 on White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The test, conducted Nov. 4, 2019, was designed to verify that each of Starliner’s systems will function not only separately, but in concert, to protect astronauts by carrying them safely away from the launch pad in the unlikely event of an emergency prior to liftoff. The Pad Abort Test is Boeing’s first test flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011.
CST-100 Starliner Pad Abort Test Media Call Advisory
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Nov. 6, 2019 – Boeing will host a conference call with media at 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 7 to address preliminary results of the Nov. 4 Starliner pad abort test. Boeing Commercial Crew Vice President and Program Manager John Mulholland and NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders will participate.
Media interested in participating should send an email to the Boeing communications representatives listed below. Please include name, affiliation, and phone number. Final instructions for participating in the call will be provided via email.