ULA's Atlas V rocket launches Boeing's Starliner to the space station for NASA

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Update: Liftoff of ULA's Atlas V rocket at 6:54 p.m. EDT! The rocket successfully delivered Boeing's Starliner capsule to an optimal orbit for the OFT-2 mission. Minutes later, Starliner completed a crucial burn, positioning itself in a safe orbit destined to meet up with the International Space Station about 24 hours later. Read our full post-launch story here.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida with Boeing's Starliner capsule on Thursday, May 19,. 2022. It marks the company's second attempt at reaching the International Space Station with an uncrewed version of its capsule.
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket takes off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida with Boeing's Starliner capsule on Thursday, May 19,. 2022. It marks the company's second attempt at reaching the International Space Station with an uncrewed version of its capsule.

Follow live as United Launch Alliance targets 6:54 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 19, for the launch of an Atlas V rocket and Boeing's Starliner capsule from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The rocket must liftoff precisely on time during an instantaneous launch window from Launch Complex 41 for Starliner's Orbital Flight Test 2 mission to the International Space Station for NASA.

Shortly after liftoff, the rocket's upper stage will continue to propel the Starliner into orbit to meet up with the ISS for a docking attempt about 24 hours later.

The Starliner is expected to stay docked with the ISS for about five days before returning for a landing in the desert of the western United States.

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