Boeing’s Starliner Launch to the International Space Station

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IN FLORIDA. I AM MARIE LEWIS WITH NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS. >> AND I AM JOSH BEAR WITH BOEING COMMUNICATIONS, STARLINER IS NEARLY READY FOR UNCREWED ORBITAL FLIGHT TEST YOU CAN SEE IT OVER OUR SHOULDERS ON THE TEST PAD. IT IS A LITTLE WINDY BUT THAT WON'T STO LIFTOFF FOR 636 EASTERN TIME. LET'S LOOK AT THE PAD. GROUND CREWS ARE CURRENTLY WRAPPING UP OPERATIONS IN THE WHITE ROOM AND I WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO ABOUT 4:34 A.M. THIS MORNING, THAT'S WHEN THEY ACTUALLY CLOSED THE HATCH INSIDE THE WHITE ROOM AND SHOULD HAVE SOME VIDEO OF THEM WRAPPING UP THAT OPERATI >> >> THERE YOU GO. THERE YOU SEE IT. NOW PAD TEAM IS ACTUALLY RUNNING ABOUT 45 MINUTES AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, WHICH IS REALLY AWESOME ON THEIR FIRST TIME DOING THIS. >> YES. REMARKABLE BECAUSE IN IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE DOING IT FOR REAL. IT IS — IT WAS SO COOL. I MEAN THIS VIDEO YOU ARE SEEING WAS ITTLE BITARLIER THIS MORNING LIKE YOU SAID THEY HAD A SCHEDULE SO ALREADY LEFT THE WHITE ROOM, BUT EVERYTHING IS LOOKING GOOD AND THERE IS NO CREW FLYING TODAY BUT TEAMS OPERATING JUST AS IF AS THOUGHTS ON BOARD AND NOW IS A LIVE VIEW DISWRIEVMENT CREW STILL UP THERE ON THE TOWER AND WERE, AS WE GET CLOSER TO LAUNCH WE WILL SEE THE WHITE ROOM AND THE CREW ACCESS ARM START TO SWING AWAY FROM STARLINER IN PREPARING FOR LIFTOFF, BUT THERE THEY ARE MAKING THOSE FINAL PRESENTATIONS TO LEAVE THE PAD.

>> NOW THIS UNCREWED TEST SNRIGHT INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO PROVE CAN SAFELY FLY ASTRONAUTS TO THE ICE ISS. >> THIS IS A HUGE CREW FOR THE ENTIRE LAUNCH ALLIANCE TEAM. SINCE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM ENDED WE ALL HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD TO RETURN HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT DEEBILITY THE UNITED STATES. WE CALL THIS EFFORT NASA'S MMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM. IT IS A PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE WITH BOEING AND SPACE-X AND TODAY IS STARLINER'S BIG DEBUT. >> AND OUR GOAL IS FOR EVERYONE WATCHING TODAY TO SEE A MISSION AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO A CREWED FLIGHT AND COLLECT THE MOUNTAINS OF DATA WE CAN ONLY LEARN FROM FLYING. >> IT ALSO THE FIRST TIME OUR MISSION TEAMS HAVE A CHANCE TO PUT STARLINER THROUGH ITS PACES.

WE ALL HAVE BEEN PRACTICING BUT NOW AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE CONTROL ROOM IT IS GAME DAY. >> WE ARE REALLY EXCITED TO SHOW YOU HOW THIS ALL COMES TOGETHER. TEAMS FROM NASA, BOEING ARE ALL OF HAVE TO BE IN LOCKSTEP TO BE SUCCESSFULDAY. WE ALL HAVE PEOPLE SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY SITTING ON CONSOLES. WE HAVE THREE CONTROL ROOMS HERE IN FLORIDA, UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE ATLAS SPACEFLIGHT OPERATION CENTER IS ON CAPE CANAVERAL. THE BOEING MISSION CONTROL CENTER IS JUST ACROSS THE STREET FROM US HERE ATENNEDY AND NASA'S EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IS ACTIVATED READY TO RESPOND AT A MOMENT'S NOTICE.

THEN IN HOUSTON, AT JOHNSON SPACE CENTER THE SPACE STATION CONTROL ROOM IS FOLLOWING THE MISSION CLOSELY AS WELL. >> AND STARLINER'S MISSION CONTROL IS JUST DOWN THE HALL FROM THAT SPACE STAT CONTROL ROM, WHERE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS ARE ACTUALLY COMMANDING THE VEHICLE RIGHT NOW AND FINALLY ULA HAS TEAMS IN DENVER MONITORING. >> SO WE WANT TO CHECK IN FIRST WITH THE AT LAS LAUNCH CONTROL TEAM, JUST A FEW MILES AWAY WHERE FROM WHERE WE ARE SIFTING IN FLORIDA AND THEIR JOB IS TO KE S THE ROCKET STAYS HEALTHY RIGHT NOW UP TO AND DURING LAUNCH SWRENCHT UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE MONITORING THE ACTIVITIES OVER THERE.

DYLAN, LOU THE ROCKETS DO? >> THINGS ARE GREAT THIS MORNING. IT HAS BEEN A REALLY GOOD MORNING AS YOU SEE THE .. THEY ROLLED OUT TO THE PAD A DAY AGO AND TEAMS HAVE BEEN WORKING OVER MIGHT TO PREPARE THE VEHICLE FOR LAUNCH. ALL OF THE PROPELLENT TANKS ARE LOADED THAN STABLE TOPPING WHILE THE CREWS FINISH THEIR FINAL CARGO ON THE STARLINER AND I UNDERSTAND ALL OF THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED NOW ANDE TEAM IS STTING TO CLOSE OUT THE WHITE ROOM FOR OPERATIONS TODAY. THIS IS A BIG DAY FOR US. THIS IS A RETURN OF ATLAS TO ITS HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT HERITAGE.

THE FIRST U.S. ASTRONAUT TO ORBIT THE EARTH WAS JOHN GLENN, LAUNCHED ON ATLAS JUST UP THE ROAD INPLEX 14 IN FEBY OF 1962 SO WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT GETTING ATLAS TO THE HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT BUSINESS. >> IT IS ALSO A RETURN TO SERVICE OF OUR DUAL ENGINE CONFIGURATION OF CENTAUR, THE DUAL ENGINE CENTAUR IS UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE THE AMOUNT OF THRUST AND THE TYPE FLIGHT PROFILE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO GIVE A STARLINER A SAFE AND SMOOTH RIDE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> ALSO ON CENTAUR A SUPPLEMENTAL TELEMETRY SYSTEM IT EVALUATES ALL OF THE DATA ON THE VEHICLE TO ENSURE THE RIDE IS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE FORS WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR THAT WE TAKE SAFETY VERY SERIOUSLY, THE FOREFRONT OF EVERYTHING DO WE AND ADDING THE EMERGENCY DETECTION CENTER TO CENTAUR IS ONE MORE WAY WE CAN ASSURE THE ASTRONAUTS GET THE SAFEST LAUNCH POSSIBLE WHEN IT GETS TIME TO LAUNCH THOSE ON THE NEXT MISSION MISSION. ATOP THE CENTAUR IS IT BASICALLY HOLDS THE STAR LINE TORE CENTAUR AND ALONG WITH THAT IS AN AERO SKIRT HELPS ENHANCE THE AIR STABILITY OF THE FLIGHT.

IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT TESTING THE ROCKET BUT AN OPUNITY TO DEMONSTRATE THE PROCESS AND PROCEDURES WE COME TO LOAD CREW ON THE SPACECRAFT AND WORKING ON THAT THIS MORNING. SO FOR NOW IN, THE CREW IS ON THE ACCESS TOWER, THEY ARE CLOSING OUT THE WHITE ROOM, AS I UNDERSTAND THE THEME IS WRAPPED UP IN THE CAPSULE, YOU SHOWED THAT VIDEO A FEW MINUTES AGO OF THE HATCH CLOSURE. OUR TEAM IS TAKING OVER AND ACCESSING THE WHITE ROOM AND TOWER FOR LAUNCH. THAT'S IT FOR THE UPDATE. AND BACK TO YOU. >> THANKS, DYLAN. >> IF YOU REMEMBER SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCHES YOU MAY RECALL THERE WERE FEWER CONTROL ROOMS BUT IS A WHOLE NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS AND THAT'S REALLY THE WHOLE POINT OF THE COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM.

>> EXACTLY. YOU HAVE A COMMERCIAL SPACECRAFT LAUNCHING ON A COMMERCIAL ROCKET STLEVMENT THEIR OWN CONTROL ROOMS AND NASA IS WATCHING IT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS MAKING THE RIGHT CALLS AND THAT'S IMPORTANT WHEN CREWS ARE ON BOARD. >> LET'S LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMERCIAL VEHIC ON THE PAD BEHIND US TODAY. FIRST IS THE ATLAS V ROCKET THAT IS MADE AND OPERATED BY UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE, A WORKHORSE ROCKET WITH 80 SUCCESSFUL MISSIONS TO DATE.

THIS IS A SPECIAL VERSION OF AFT LAS MADE JUST FOR STARLINER, ULA CALLS IT N TUTU. >> STANDS FOR NO PAYLOAD BEARING TWO ROCKET MOTORS AND DUAL ENGINE CENTAUR STAGE, FIRST FOR THE ATLAS V, THIS IS BOEING'S CST-100 STARLINER COMES IN TWO MAIN SECTIONS A CREW MODULE AND SERVICE MODULE. THE CREW MODULE IS WHERE THE ASTRAUTS WOULD BE, REUSABLE UP NO 10 TIMES AND OFFERS LIGHTWEIGHT THERMAL PROTECTION AND INNOVATIVE LANDING SYSTEM ING PARACHUTES AND AIR BAGS, THAT MAKES IT THE FIRST CAPSULE ABLE TO LAND ON LAND. IT HOUSES MOST OF THE PROPULSION SYSTEMS, INCLUD THE ONRBIT MANEUVERING THRUSTERS AND ABORT MOTORS AND HAVE A HIGH EFFICIENCY SOLAR ARRAY ON THE BOTTOM THAT COVERS A MICROMETEORITE AND DEBRIS FIELD. >> BETWEEN CHECK ON THOUSAND SPACE CRAFT IS DOING AND WE HAPPEN NO HAVE ONE OF THE ENGINEERS TORY COMPETENT DRAT AT THIS. >> SHE IS MONITORING THE LAUNCH TEAM THERE FOR US. >> TORY, HOW ARE THINGS GOING ON THE FIRST MISSION. >> GOOD MORNING, JOSH AND NOR I ARE. EVERYTHING IS GOING GREAT HERE IN THE BMCC, AS YOU SAID THIS IS THE BOEING MISSION CONTROL CENT THE HEART OF STARLINER, WHILE WE ARE ON THE GROUND, WHILE WE ARE DOING LAUNCH OPERATIONS — OPERATIONS AND WE WILL TRANSITION CONTROL OVER TO HOUSTON.

HERE IN FLORIDA WE ARE JUST SUPER EXCITED, AS YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE TIED IN TO THEIR CONSO HERE. NOW WE HAVE A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT TEAMS IN THIS CONTROL ROOM, NOT ONLY NASA TEAMS AND BOEING TEAMS WORKING TOGETHER, BUT ANALYSTS ALSO LOOKING AT ALL OF THE DIFFERENT SUBSYSTEMS, INCLUDING THERMAL, PROPULSION, ANYTHING THAT SPACECRAFT NEEDS TO CONTINUE ON ITS MISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. SO LOOKING BACK AT THE ROCKET NOW, YOU SEE THAT WE WERE JUST TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PAD TEAM, GLEAN PAD TEAM BECAUSE JOINT ELA AND, ULA AND BOEING TEAM AND THIS IS THEOM SECOND TIME WE HAD PEOPLE NEAR A FUELED ATLAS V SO WHEN YOU SAW THAT HATCH CLOSURE AND THAT WHITE ROOM CLEAROUT JUST A FEW MINUTES HAG IT WAS ONLY THE SECOND NAME HISTORY WE HAVE HAD PEOPLE THIS CLOSE TO A FUEL.

THE FIRST TIM WAS DURING OUR WET DRE RETAILER FEW WEEKS AGO. THE WET DRESS REHEARSAL IS WHERE WE FUEL VEHICLE AND WE DO EVERYTHING, FOLLOW ALL OF OUR PROCEDURES EXCEPT FOR LAUNCH. NOW TODAY WE ARE REALLY EXCITED TO FOLLOW ALL OF OUR PROCEDURES AND LAUNCH SO IT IS A REALLY EXCITING DAY AND THIS PAD TEAM WE ARE SEEING HERE IN THE WHITE ROOM ARE JUST A HAUL MARK OF HUMAN SPAIFS FLIGHT, HAVING PEOPLE AND BEING ABLE TO LOAD PEOPLE AT THE LAST MINUTE WILL BE REALLY ESSENTIAL FOR OUR CREWED FLIGHTS LATER ON AND THIS ORBITAL FLIGHT TEST WE DO DOESN'T HAVCREW ON IT BUT ALLY PRACTICING LIKE WE WOULD TO MAKE SURE WE DO, THAT WE ARE SAFE AND READY WHEN WE DO HAVE CREW ON BOARD NEXT TIME.

SO LET'S TAKE A LITTLE BIT CLOSER LOOK AT THE PAD TEAM. MELANIE WEB SEARCH THE PAD TEAM LEADER. SHE IS THE FIRST FEMALEAD TEAM LEAD. MELANIE HAS WORKED FOR MULTIPLE YEARS ON THE COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM BUT BEFORE THAT HE IS WORKED ON ISS, SHE KNOWS NOT ONLY AMOUNT OUR VEHICLE BUT ABOUT WHERE WE ARE GOING AND A LOT ABOUT THE ISS ICE AS WELL. BUT MELANIE IS THE CREW AND CARGO L AND SHE H BEEN IN CHARGE OF THE SUPERIOR OF THE CAPSULE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING SO SHE WAS INVOLVED WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING IN THERE AND NOW AND NOW SHE HAS DESIGNED THE ENTIRETY OF THE INSIDE OF THE VEHICLE AND LED THE TEAM TO CLOSE IT OUT. SO THAT IS REALLY EXCITING AND IT IS A GOOD DAY FOR HER AND GREAT DAY FOR THE TEAM AS THEY CLEAR OUT OF THE TOWERS. SO BACK TO YOU, JOSH AND MARIE. >> THANKS A LOT, TORY. GOOD NEWS THAT STARLINER IS LOOKING GREAT FOR LAUNCHES. THE FIRST TIME YOU DOING EVERYTHING THERE IS ELEMENT OFFICE UNKNOWN BUT GREAT NEWS FROM THE CONTROL ROOM. LET'S LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ONTROL ROOMSND WHO IS LEADING THE TEAMS IN THE STARLINER CONTROL ROOMS TODAY.

IN THE BMCC, STARLINER'S FIRST LAUNCH CONDUCTOR IS LEWIS AT ECONOMY SON. >> >> ATCHISON AND ACTUALLY MADE A FEW GHUTS THE ANAUT HIMSELF. HE OVER HELPS THE TEAMWORK THROUGH ANY ISSUES THAT COME UP IN THE COUNTDOWN. HIS COUNTERPART IN MISSION CONTROL SHOWS RICHARD JONES, RICHARD IS A VETERAN NASA FLIGHT DIRECTOR ASSIGNED STARLINER. ON THIS UNCREWED FLIGHT HIS SEEM MPLETELY RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMANDING AND CONTROLLING STARLINER, KNOWN AS FLIGHT IN THE CONTROL ROOM HE MAKES EVERY CRITICAL DECISION DURING LAUNCH AND ASCENT AND HAND OFF TO ANOTHER FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM FOR ORBITAL OPERATIONS BUT HE WILL BE BACK FOR LANDING. >> NOW THESE TWO TEAMS HAVE TO BE PERFECTLYN SYNC BEFORE LAUNCH AND DURING FLIGHT BMC TRANSITIONS TO KIND OF A BACK ROOM MISSION SUPPORT ROOM AND STAY ON CONSOLE 24/7 THROUGH FLIGHT AND HELP THE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS IN HOUSTON WORK THROUGH ANY ISSUES IF THEY DO COME UP. >> THAT'S RIGHT. WE WANT TO CHECK IN WITH RICHARD JONES AND HIS TEAM STARLINER MISSION CONOL OVER IN HOUSTON. THERE WE HAVE NASA'S RANDY DEAN AND BOEING'S STEVE OF KEEPING THANS ON THE PROCESS. HI, STEVE AND BRANDY.

>> GOOD MORNING. WELCOME TO STARLINER MISSION CONTROL IN HOUSTON. I AM STEVE FROM BOEING COMMUNICATIONS. >> AND I AND BRANDY TEEN FROM NASA PUBLIC AFFAIRS. >> THIS IS WHERE RICHARD JONES AND HIS TREATMENT WATCHING CLOSELY OVER ALL OF THE SYSTEMS AND SUBSYSTEMS OF STARLINER THIS MORNING. LAUNCH IS TIMED TO PUT THE STARLINER ON A PRECISE PATH, IT GOING — TIMWHEN THE CH SITE THERE AT CAPE CANAVERAL LINES UP WITH THE 51.6-DEGREE ORBITAL PLANE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THAT'S WHEN ATLAS V WILL LIFT OFF AND PUT STARLINER RIGHT ON THE COURSE IT NEEDS TO CASE THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> AND SPEAKING OF THE INTERNATIONAL E STATION, JUST DOWN HALL HERE IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON THERE IS A WHOLE OTHER FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM WATCHING ON THE SPACE STATION SYSTEMS AND MAKING SURE IT IS READY FOR THE STARLINER TO ARRIVE TOMORROW. THAT TEAM IS LED BY FLIGHT DIRECTOR'D MAN AND GETTING TO PULL HIS OWN TEAM THEY ARE READY FOR TODAY'S LAUNCH AND BE ON CONSOLE AGAIN TOMORROW FOR THAT RENDEZVOUS. ALL OF THAT IS CULMINATION OF YEARS OF PREPARATION FOR THE ISS ICE AND IT IS GOING TO BE POISED AND READY TO SEE THE STARLINER IN SPACE TOMORROW.

WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS IN HOUSTONUT RIGHT NOW WE WILL GO BACK TO FLORIDA. >> THANKS, RANDY AND STEVE. GOOD NEWS FROM ALL OF THE CONTROL ROOMS. THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD FOR LAUNCH. >> GREAT NEWS FOR AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN THE NASA BOEING PARTNERSHIP THAT WILL HELP COMMERCIAL LIES COMMERCIAL LIES. >> COMMERCIALIZE. >> WE ARE JOINED BY NASA ADMINISTRATION JIM BRIDENSTINE NEARBY TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF THE EXCITING THINGS WE ARE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW, HI, DARRELL ..

HI MARIE AND JOSH, THAT'S RIGHT WE ARE HERE AT THE TOP OF THE OSB BUILDING A FEW FEET FROM WHERE YOU OF A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE ROCKET AND JIM BRIDENSTINE IS HERE, SIMPLY PUT THE BIG BOSS OVER ALL OF NASA. >> OR JUST JIM. >> OR JUST JIM. THANK YOU FOR THAT. >> THANK YOU. >> YOU HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THE WEEK. >> YES. >> WHAT ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW TO THE EXCITEMENTIF THE BUILDS UP TO THIS LAUNCH? >> I WILL TELL YOU TO LEVEL OF ENERGY HERE IS REALLY AMAZING. AND THIS IS NOT NEW NO THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, BUT CERTAINLY IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE HAVE FLOWN HUMANS INTO SPACE AND THERE IS ONE OF THESE TWRUNLTS WE ARE MEETING A CRITICAL MTONE, END TO END TEST OF ONE OF OUR COMMERCIAL CREW VEHICLES.

I WILL TELL YOU, YOU KNOW, I WAS IN THE ORLANDO AREA YEARS AGO WHEN THE SHUTTLES WERE GETTING READY TO RETIRE AND THE CONSTELLATION PROGRAM WAS STANDING UP AND IT GOT CANCELED. THIS — THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IS BACK. THE COMMERCIAL PARTNERS ARE DOING AMAZING THINGS. THERE IS AN ENERGY HERE THAT IS JUST PALPABLE SO IT FEELS REALLY GOOD TO BE HERE RIGHT NOW. >> IT WAS A TOUGH TIME. >> YES. >> AT THE TIME OF THE SHUTTLE INDEED AND NOW IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE JUST GETTING READY TO YOU ARE TURN THE CORNER. THE BIG QUESTION EVERY WANTS TO KNOW, WHEN WILL ASTRONAUTS BE RIDING ON ONE OF THESE SPACECRAFT? >> SO WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT COMMERCIAL CREW PROVIDERS, SPACE-X AND BOEING AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL HAVE IN THE FIRST PART OF 2020 AT LEAST ONE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH WITH ASTRONAUTS. I WOULD SAY THAT — I AM ACTUALLY CONFIDENT WE WILL HAVE TWO PARTNERS IN THE FIRST PART OF 2020. BUT, YOU KNOW, REMEMBER WHAT THE GOAL IS. THE GOAL IS TO HAVE TWO INDEPENDENT SOLUTIONS SO THAT IF ONE HAS A SETBACK THE OTHER CAN MOVE FORWARD AND SO THAT IS WHY WE HAVE DISSIMILAR REDUNDANCY SO THIS INCREASES THE PROBABILITY OF SUCCESS SO I WOULD SAY FIRST PART OF 20 STWENT WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO.

>> YOU WERE TELLING ME AS A BACKUP YOU SOUGHT TO PURCHASE SEATS ON SOYUZ. >> WHY. >> YES. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> WHY IS THAT? HAVE A GAP ON AMERICANS IN THE'T INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA HAS BEEN STRONG SINCE 1975, WE WANT TO KEEP IT MOVING FORWARD. AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, EVEN WHEN COMMERCIAL SCREW SUCCESSFUL WE WE WANT AMERICANS LAUNCHING ON SOYU ROCKETS AND RUSSIA LAUNCHING ON COMMERCIAL ROCKETS. WE WANT IT STRONG. HALF OF THIS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS RUSSIANS SO IT IS IMPORTANT AS WE MAINTAIN THIS PARTNERSHIP THAT WE MOVE FORWARD IN A MEANINGFUL WAY. >> ALL RIGHT, JIM, THANKS FOR ENJOY US AND ENJOY THE LAUNCH TODAY. >> THANK YOU. >>H AND MARIE, WE WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU. >> THANKS, DARRELL AND JIM. THE LAST TIME WE LAUNCHED ASTRONAUTS FROM THE UNITED STATES WAS IN 2011.

AND TO RESTORE THAT CAPABILITY AS YOU HEARD THEM JUST TALKING ABOUT NAAH SAP TURNED TO PRIVATE COMPANIES LIKE BOEING TO PROVIDE THE RIDE AND NASA BUYS THE TICKET, IF YOU WILL, FOR OUR ASTRONAUTS. >> THAT'S RIGHT. THIS PARTNERSHIP IS ALL ABOUT OPENING UP ON OR ABOUT AND FOSTERING NEW CAPABILITIES IN COMMERCIAL HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT. >> STAND BY FOR .. PRESENT FOR FLIGHT, 5, 4. >> THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM IS T RETURN TO OUR NATION THE CAPABILITY TO FLY OUR ASTRONAUTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> 3, 2, 1. >> THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT GOING SPACE THAT ALWAYS HAS BEEN SPECIAL, SO HERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK AGAIN IN A DIFFERENT KIND OF CRAFT. >> LIFTOFF. # THIS IS REVOLUTIONARY, IT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE ASTRONAUTS IN SPACE AND FURR KNE IN A MICROGRAVITY ENVIRONMENT. >> THE FACT WE ARE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY ALLOWS US TO FULFILL THAT MISSION, TO BE EXPLORERS BECAUSE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER. THERE IS A LARGER GROUP OF US THAT ARE DREAMING POTENTIALLY WE COULD HAVE A ARRIVED SOME DAY AND BE WORKING I SPACE. >> FOLKS ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL WATCH THIS BECAUSE WE ARE INTEGRITY GREATING THESE TECHNOLOGIES TO PAVE THE WAY TO THE FUTURE.

IT IS TRULY EXCITING TIME IN SPACEFLIGHT AND WE WANT YOU TO GET ONLINE IN SOCIAL MEDIA. HEAD TO BOEING DOT-COM/STARLINER WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON THE TEAM AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND WE HAVE SOMETHING CALLED A NEXT STEM WEBSITE. AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR A GRADE LEVELS AND LN ABOUT ALL THINGS COMMERCIAL CREWS ON THE MAIN PAGE AND SEE ALL OF THOSE ON YOUR SCREEN AND IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU WANT ANSWERED THIS HOP ON TWITTER AND MAKE SURE YOU USE THE HASHTAG ASK NASA. WE HAVE BEEN GETTING GREAT QUESTIONS AND WE WANT TO TAKE ONE AND WE HAD ONE FROM MARK ON TWITTER. HE WAS ASKING WHERE STARLINER IS GOING TO LAND AFTER ALL OF THIS. >> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. AS WE AHEAD EARLIER STARLINER WILL BE THE FIRST AMERICAN CREW CAPSULE THAT CAN LAND ON LAND. WE HAVE FIVE LANDING SPACES. RIHT NOW IF W STAY ON SCHEDULE FOR LANDING ON THE 28TH WHETHER HE LAND ON THE WHITE SANDS IN, SANDS MISSILE RANGE IN. >> EXAMINE. USE THE HASHTAG STARLINER AND WATCH HOW YOU ARE WATCHING TODAY'S LAUNCH. >> WE ARE LAUNCHING FROCAPE CANAVERAL LOCATED ON THE EASTERN COAST OF FLORIDA.

>> AND JOINING US NOW A SPECIAL GUEST WHO HAS A VEPSED INTEREST IN WHAT HAPPENS HERE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE, DARRELL IS WITH US AGAIN WITH FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS. >> THAT'S RIGHT, JOSHUA. WE ARE HERE WITH GOVERNOR DESANTIS, THANKS FOR JOINING US AND TAKING TIME. >> YO HEROR THE LAUNCH AND HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A FEW DAYS, DID YOU GET A TOUR? >> WE JUST CAME FROM THE BRIEFING WHICH IS VERY INTERESTING AND IT IS JUST AN EXCITING DAY. I WOULD SAY WAKE UP BRIGHT AND EARLY BUT IT IS NOT EVEN BRIGHT OUT IT IS SO RETAILER BUT THIS IS GREAT, WE HERE IN FLORIDA ARE PROUD OF WHAT IS GOING ON KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. WE THINK THIS IS THE CENTER OF ALL INNOVATION IN SPACE ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AND THIS IS GREAT AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO DO THIS AND GETTING ASTRONAUTS BACK UP TO SPACE AND EVENTUALLY TO THE MOON. >> YOU RECALL THE RETIREMENT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE PRAJJE IN 2011, THAT KIND OF SHOOT SHOOK THE STATE FOR WHILE, ESPECIALLY ON THE EAST COAST. >> ESPECIALLY, JIM BRIDENSTINE, NASA ADMINISTRATOR AND I BOTH GOT ELECTED TO IN CONGRESS IN 2012.

>> MY DISTRICT WAS JUST NORTH OF HERE, STARTING IN THE — COUNTY WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED HERE WHO LIVED IN THE DISTRICT IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE DISTRICT AND YOU COULD TELL, I MEAN, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, A REALLY BAD TIME FOR HERE AND IT WAS ALMOST LIKE, YOU KNOW, WE ARE SO PROUD EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON HERE. WHAT IS HAPPENING? I THINK WE ARE BACK WITH — WITH AGEANCE NOW. IT IS EXCITINO SEE THE DIRECTION THIS IS GOING. >> YOU SEE IT TURNING A CORNER AND GET EXPHEARLG. WOULD YOU RIDE ON ONE OF THESE SPACECRAFT? >> I THINK IT WOULD DEPEND ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND EVERYTHING, BUT I THINK I WOULD BE MORE OF A LIABILITY THAN ANYTHING FOR THEM SO I DON'T KNOW IF THEY WOULD WANT ME ON THERE. YOU KN PEOPLE REALLY HAT THEY ARU KNOW,. >> THEY ARE AUTOPILOTTED NOW. >> RIGHT. >> SO IF YOU DECIDE YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND LET US KNOW.

GOVERNOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THANK YOU. >> ENJOY THE LAUNCH. >> APPRECIATE IT. >> WE WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU GUYS. >> THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU AND DEFINITELY BACK IN A BIG WAY AND NOW ABOUT 44 MINUTES FROM LAUNCH, WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AGAIN AT LAUNCH COMPLEX 41, STARLINER SITTING ATOP ATLAS V GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO LIFTOFF. >> AND ORBITAL FLIGHT TEST IS THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR LAUNCHING ASTRONAUTS, INTOAG PROUD TO SEND VETERAN SPAS A, ASTRONAUT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, FERGUSON WILL JOIN NASA ASTRONAUT MIKE FINK WHO IS NO STRANGER TO THE SPACE STATION, FINK SERVED ON TWO LONG DURATION FLIGHTS AS SCIENCE OFFICER AND COMMANDER AND FLEW ON SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR'S FINAL MISSION.

NICOLE MANN AND THE CREW FLIGHT TEST WILL BE HER FIRST FLIGHT TO SPACE. >> THE THREE HAVE BEEN LEARNING THE SYSTEMS AND PREPARING FOR LIVE AND WORK ABOARD THE, AGOOD BOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WHERE THEY COULD STAY UP THE CREW HAS BEEN TRAINING FOR BOTH ROUTINE AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS ON THE GROUND AND IN PLIGHT. >> BUT KEEP IN MIND STARLINER IS NOT GOING TO BE EMPTY FOR THIS FLIGHT. IT IS PACKED WITH ALMOST 600 POUNDS OF NASA CARGO AND ALSO HAVE A TEST DEVICE THAT WILL TEACH US A LOT ABOUT WHAT THIS RIDE WILLE LIKE FOR THE ASTRONAUTS. MEET ROSIE. SHE IS THE STARLINER COMMAND FORE THIS VERY FIRST MISSION. WE NAMED HER AFTER ROSIE THE RIVETER AN ICON OF, THE ROSIE THE ROCKET TEAR IS FLYING FOR EVERYONE ON OUR TEAM WHO TOOK ON CHALLENGE OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT AND SAID WE CAN DO IT.

THE FLIGHT IS NOT JUST SYMBOLIC, SIX TONE SENSORS WE WILL USE TO MAKE SURE FUTURE ASTRONAUTS ARE SAFE ON STARLINER. >> AND A COMPANION WITH HER. THERE IS SNOOPY, ANOTHER CHANCE TO GO TO SPACE. SNOOPY HAS A LONG HISTORY WITH NASA GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE APOLLO PROGRAM WHEN WE SENT ASTRONAUTS TO THE MOON. THIS IS THE NEXT ERA WITH COMMERCIAL CREW AND NASA'S ARTEMIS PROGRAM. HE HAS AN IMPORTANT JOB TOO AS OUR GRAVITY INDICATOR SO IN STARLINER REACHES MICROGRAVITY HE WILL START FLOATING OUT OF THAT PILOT SEAT. >> NOW ROSIE AND SKIMPY ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO NEED HELP FLYING STARLINER. THAT HELP IS GOING GOING TO COMM STARLINER'S AUTONOMOUS SPACE CENTER. BE 2 GROUND TEAMS WILL ALSO BE MONITORING AND INTERVENING IF NED NEEDED SO WE WANT TO CHECKN'T THOSE PEOPLE WHO WILL COMMAND STAR LINER FROM HERE ON EARTH. STEPHEN AND BRANDY, HOW ARE THINGS IN HOUSTON? >> THANKS, MARIE, THINGS ARE MOVING ALONG AND IN THE PRELAUNCH CHECKLIST TODAY. THE TEAM HERE IN MISSION CONTROL IS NOW RACKING 41 MES AWAY FROM LAUNCH AND WORKING THROUGH CHECKLIST. MAKING SURE THEY ARE READY TO TAKE CONTROL OF STARLINER ONCE IT DOES LIFT OFF THE LAUNCHPAD TODAY.

>> WHEN IT DOES, FLIGHT DIRECTOR RICHARD JONES AND THE STARLINER MISSION CONTROL TEAM WILL FINALLY PHOTO UP TO WORK ALL THE SKILLS THEY HONED IN EXHAUSTIVE FLIGHT SIMULATION FORCE PAST MONTH AND HAVE BEEN SENDING COMMANDS TO STARLINER FOR THINGS LIKE CABIN PRESSURIZATION AND COMMUNICATION CHECKS AND AS IT LAUNCHES OFF THE SPACE PAD THIS SPACEFLIGHT SPECIALISTS WILL WATCH CAREFULLY AND MAKING COMMANDST ARE NEEDED TOEEP THE VEHICLE ON ITS PRECISE PATH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> AND ANOTHER GROUP THAT IS KEENLY WATCHING TODAY IS OF COURSE THE ASTRONAUTS WHO ARE GOING TO MAKE THE FIRST FLIGHT ON STARLINER WHEN WE DO THIS AGAIN IN EARLY 2020. THAT IS OF COURSE NASA AS NOUGHT MIKE FIN AND NASA AS NOUGHT NICOLE MANN WALLING BOEING AS THOUGHTS CHRIS FERGUSON.

THEY ARE DOWN AT THE CAPE WATCHING TODAY'S LAUNCH FROM CONTROL CENTERS BUT WE HAD A CHANCE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH THEM A LITTLE BIT — A LITTLE BIT EARLIER TO FIND OUT THEIR VIEWS ON THIS NEW AMERICAN CREWED SPACECRAFT. >> IN 10 OR 15 YEARS THERE IS GOING TO BE MORE THAN JUST ONE SPACE STATION. IN FACT WE, INSTEAD OF SAYING THE SPACE STATION WE WILL SAY WHICH ONE AND WE WILL HAVE PEOPLE EVERY DAY PEOPLE, REGULAR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, EVEN PEOPLE WITH TOURS THAT CAN BOY A TICKET TO GO SEE — GO TO THE SPACE STATION IN ORBIT AND BE MANUFACTURING NEW THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE BETTER ON PLANET EARTH AND A GREAT UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR COUNTRY, UNITED STATES TO ESTABLISH THESE INDUSTRIES, TO MAKE LIVE BETTER ON PLANET EARTH AND CONTINUE THE ENGINE OF OUR ECONOMY OF HIGH TECH. >> I DON'T THINK ASTRONAUTS — ♪ ♪ — IF EVERYBODY WHO EVE FLEW IN SPACE BECAME INSTANTLY FAMOUS THEN WE ARE NOT MAKING IT AVAILABLE FOR ANYBODY TO DO. SO WHEN WE GET INTO AN AIRLINER, WHO KNOWS THE NAME OF THE CAPTAIN OF THE AIRLINE? NOBODY KNOWS THE NAME OF THE CAPTAIN OF THE AIRLINER AND IF SPACEFLI IS EVER GOING TO BE AS COMMONPLACE AS WE WANT IT TO BE, ASTRONAUTS ARE JUSTIFY LOTS WHO GET PEOPLE BACK INTO SPACE.

>> IT IS REALLY GOING TO BE A COMBINED EFFORT, WITH FULL COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY AND ALONG WITH GOVERNMENT AND I THINK THAT IS HOW WE ARE GOING SEE T FUTURE OF SPACE EXPLORATION TO THE MOON AND THEN EVENTUALLY TO MARS. YOU KNOW, WE DON'T HAVE — WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN THAT TYPE OF EXPLORATION WITHOUT COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY. OF OF AMEND IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO THE PEOPLE, RIGHT? YOU FLOWED PEOPLE, YOU NEED IDEAS AND YOU NED FOLKST COME IN AND IT IS GOOD TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF THE COMMERCIAL COMPETITION, IT KEEPS EVERYBODY GOING AND PUSHING FORWARD TOWARDS THE GOAL. S THE AILSZ GREAT HEARING FROM THE CREW MEMBERS THEMSELVES. THEY ARE GETTING A FRONT ROW SEAT ON THIS. >> WHAT AN EXCITING FUTURE IT IS FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO WORK IN HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT, ESPECIALLY ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE WATCHING TODAY.

>> EXACTLY. BUT FIRST WE HAVE THIS CRITICAL UNCREWED FLIGHT TEST WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT STEP TO LAUNCH AMERICANS FROM AMERICAN SOI AND NASA WILL HELP CERTIFY SYSTEMS TO CARRY THOSE ASTRONAUTS WE JUST HEARD FROM. WE ARE 38 MINUTES FROM LAUNCH SO WE WANT TO CHECK IN ON THIS ROCKET. DYLAN, WHAT IS THE LATEST YOU HEARING. >> THINGS ARE CONTINUING TO GO VERY WELL HERE IN THE ASOC, WE HAVE GOTTEN A REPORT THAT ALL O THE GROUN CREWS HAVE CLEARED THE CREW ACCESS TOWER AND MOVED A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE PAD TO A ROADBLOCK ON THE BEACH ROAD THERE. SO THINGS ARE GOING VERY WELL HERE. WE DO HAVE A WEATHER UPDATE PLANNED IN ABOUT EIGHT MINUTES, NOT EXPECTING ANY SURPRISES THERE, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE HAD A BREEZY PAST COUPLEF DAYS THE WEATHER CONTINUES TO BE FAVORABLE TO ARE A LAUNCH ON TIME TODAY.

SO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FINAL WEATHER REPORT. AND THE TEAM HERE IS JUST CONTINUING TO REMAIN FOCUSED BUT VERY EXCITED AND THE MOOD HERE HAS BEEN, AS DISCUSSED PREVIOUSLY IS REALLY ELECTRIC, THE TEAM IS JUST VERY EXCITED TO BE GETTING EVER CLOSER TO LAUNCH AND WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT, HITTING THE T ZERO IN JUST A LITTLE WHILE.

JOSH AND MARIE, BACK TO YOU. >> THANKS, DYLAN, I KNOW FOR YOU ALL AT ULA, SOMETHING ISN'T ALL THAT NEW, YOU HAVE MORE THAN 130 SUCCESSFUL LAUNCHES UNDER YOUR BELT. THAT'S WHY BOEING CHOSE TO LAUNCH, CHOSE ATLAS TO LAUNCH STARLINER BECAUSE WHEN WE WERE DECIDING ON A LAUNCH VEHICLE ULA WAS THE OBVIOUS CHOICE. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT SPACE LAUNCH, SAFETY IS THE BIGGEST RELIABILITY. >> WHAT. ARE THE PARAMETERS ON THE SPACE, WAS LAUNCH VEHICLE AGNOSTIC OR MOVE FROM ONE LAUNCH VEHICLE TO THE OTHER. WITHOUT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF DESIGN CHANGE IN EACH CRAFT. >> THE EARLY FLIGHTS TO THE STARLINER WE SELECTED THE ATLAS V BEC OF ITS UNPARALLELED SAFETY. >> THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS IN THIS SMARKT GOING TO BE DRIVEN BY CUSTOMER CONFIDENCE IN SAFETY AND RELIABILITY. >> EVERY ASPECT OF OUR SPACECRAFT AND OUR SYSTEMS HAS BEEN DESIGNED WITH THAT AS PRIMARY GOAL. >> >> ARE YOU LAW LAUNCHED NASA SCIENCE MISSIONS TO ALMOST EVERY PLANET IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM BUT IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE TASKED WITH LAUNCHING ASTRONAUTS.

>> IT IS A VERY SPECIAL MISSION FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED AND IF THE HAS TAKEN YEARS GET HERE BUT LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME O THE HARDK THAT HAPPENED JUST OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS TO GET THESE VEHICLES READY FOR TODAY. >> THERE YOU SEE ATLAS V BEING STACKED AT THE VERTICAL INTEGRATION FACILITY. THIS OPERATION WAS TAKING PLACE ON NOVEMBER 4TH AND THIS WAS IN PREPARATION FOR A STARLINER TO BE ROLLED OUT AND MATED ON TOP. YOU SEE DIFFERENT STAGES OF THE ROCKET BEING HOISTED INTO POSITION THERE. >> AND THERE IS STARLINER IN FRONT OF OUR COMEFER SHALL CREW AND, COMMERCIAL CREW AND. >> IT IS AN OLD GARAGE, ESSENTIALLY. >> AND THERE IT IS ROLLING IN FRONT OF THE ICONIC ASSEMBLY BUILDING CENTER HERE AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. THIS ROLLOUT WAS ON NOVEMBER 21ST AND TOOK ABOUT A SIX-MILE PATH OUT TO THE LAUNCHPAD GOAVMENT SOME BEAUTIFUL DRONES SHOTS THAT DAY. >> I LOVE THESE SHOTS. IT WAS A GORGEOUS DAY SPACECRAFT ROLLING DOWN THE BEACH AND YOU CAN ONLY SEE, A SIGHT YOU ONLY SEE HERE AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER.

>> THERE IT WAS GOING DOWN BEACH ROAD, TO BE PICKED PAPER CRANE AND INTEGRATED WITH THE ROCKET AND THAT ONLY REALLY TAKES A COUPLE OF HOURS. IT IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE HOW QUICK THINK TEAMS CAN WORK ON THIS. >> FROM THERE IT WASDY TO BE ROLLED OUT TO THE PAD FOR I KNOW TORY TALKED ABOUT EARLIER THE WET DRESS EARLIER THE FUELED ROCKETS. THAT WAS INTEGRATED DAY OF LAUNCH TEST FOR ALL TEAMS TO PRACTICE ONE FINAL TIME BEFORE TODAY. >> EXACTLY. THERE IT IS ROLLING FOR THAT TEST. >> AND MOST OF THAT VIDEO COVERS THE LAST FEW MONTHS AS WE GOT READY FOR LAUNCH BUFF IF THE REALLY DOESN'T EVEN SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF ALL THE HARD WORK THAT IT HAS TAKEN BY SO MANY FOAM GET STARLINER READY FOR TODAY.

>> BUT WE ARE FINALLY HERE TODAY SO LET'S GO BACK TO THE BMCC TO SEE HOW STARLINER IS DOING. TORY OUR LAUNCH TEAM, ARE THEY TRACKING ANY ISSUES RIGHT NOW. >> HI, JOSH. HERE IN THE BMCC WE ARE NOT TRACK ANY ISSUES. IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYTHING IS SET AND READY FOR A GOOD AND CLEAN LAUNCH HERE IN — I CAN'T SEE — NOW, YO SEE THE PEOPL THE ROOM HERE ARE ALL REALLY TIED IN TO DATA COMING IN .. AND ALL OF THESE TEAMS ARE REALLY LOOKING AT A BUNCH OF DAFT THAT IS COMING OFF THE ROCKET IN REAL-TIME RIGHT NOW ENSURE THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE SEE IS WELL INSIDE AND IS FOR A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT. >> EVERYTHING IS LOOKING GREAT HERE IN THE BMCC SO BACK TO YOU, JOSH AND MARIE.

>> ALL RIGHT, THANKS A LOT, TORY. WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A CLOSER LOOK OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF ARE STARLINER AND ATLAS V OVER ON SPACE LAUNCH COMPLEX 41. YOU SEE RIGHT BEHIND US. >> YES. WE ARE ABOUT 33 MINUTES AWAY FROM LAUNCH SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT LAUNCH — STARLINER'S MISSION WILL LOOK LIKE TODAY. >> MISSION STARTS AT T MINUS ZERO WITH LIFTOFF AFTER THE ATLAS V BOOSTER ENGINES GO TO LIGHT AND SEND THE VEHICLE SKYWARD. SOON AFTER AT T PLUS 12 SECONDS THE ROCKET BEGS TO ROLL TO HELP WITH ACCELERATION FORCES. MAX Q STARTS AT 41 SECONDS, THAT'S ALSO KNOWN AS MAX AERODYNAMIC PRESSURE, A CRITICAL TIME WHEN THE ATMOSPHERE COURS, FORCE TONS ROCKET ARE THE HIGHEST 3 REACH.

AT ONE MINUTE, 35 SECOND IT IS TWO SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS RUN OUT OF FUEL AND BURN OUT, LESS THAN A MINUTE LATER AT PLUS 222 THEY SEPARATE FROM THE BOOSTER. THE MAIN ENGINE KEEPS BURNING FOR ALMOST TWO MORE MINUTES, THEN AT PLUS 429 BOOSTER ENGINE CUTOFF OR BECO. >> THE BOSTONNERS SEPARATES AND SIX SECONDS AFTER THAT SO DOES THE ASCENT COVER ON TOP OF Z AT PLUS FOUR MINUTES, 45 SECONDS, THE CENTAUR UPPER STAGE IGNITES PUSHING STARLINER TO NEAR ORBITAL SPEEDS. >> THEN AT PLUS 5:05 THE IT JETSONS AND A STARLINER AND CENTAUR ARE FREE OF THE ATMOSPHERE AND NO LONGER NEED AERODYNAMIC SUPPORT. >> AFTER A LONG SIX PLUS MINUTE PUSH FROM CENTAUR MAIN ENGINE CUTOFF OR MICO HAPPENS AT 11:54, THEN WHEN CENTAUR SUCCESSFULLY SEPARATES, ALMOST 15 MINUTES AFTER LAUNCH, THE ROCKET'S JOB QUITE IN ON OR ABOUT YET.NOT AFTER A LONG 16 ORBIT COAST. >> IGNITES FOUR OF THE ENGINES FOR ORBITAL ASSERTION BURN AND AS CENT PROFILE IS COMPLETE.

IT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE AN EXITING ASSET BUT BEFORE THE ROCKET IS DECLAR READY FOR LAUNCH, SOME TEAMS HAVE TO REPORT READINESS IN SOME UPCOMING POLLS. >> RIGHT BEFORE THE LAUNCH VEHICLE POLL, BOTH TEAMS IN FLORIDA AND HOUSTON ARE PREPARING TO REPORT OUT SO LET'S GO BACK TO HOUSTON AND SEE HOW THEY ARE DOING, STEVE, SOMEHOW MISSION CONTROL? >>HANK YOU, JOSH. EVERYTHING LOOKS EXCITING HERE IN FLORIDA. RICHARD JONES WILL PULL HIS TEAM IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. THE FINAL CHANCE FOR HIM TO GET A GO, NO GO FROM HIS TEAM OF MISSION SPECIALISTS AND USE THAT POLL TO INFORM HIS OWN NO GO DECISION FOR THE LAUNCH CONDUCTOR'S POLL LATER THAT WILL SET THE CYCLE COME OUT OF TERMINAL COUNT.

>> AND MEANWHILE IN SPACE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SCREW STANDING BY FOR TODAY'S LAUNCH AS WELL. THEY ARE COMMANDING I, FROM THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ESA,ASA FLIGHT ENGINEER CHRISTIE AND A HALF COOK, JESSICA MEIR AND ANDREW MORGAN AND ALSO, ALEX, THEY ARE ALL GOING TO BE WAITING ON BOARD THE SPACE STATION FOR STARLINER'S ARRIVAL TOMORROW BUT MERE AND COOK HAVE A CRUCIAL ROLE FLAY TH RONALD VIEW. THEY WILL BE SENDING COMMANDS TO THE STARLINER VEHICLE HELPING WITH SOME OF THE DEMOCRAT INVESTIGATIONS TO MAKE SURE IT IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO RENDEZVOUS SAFELY. SO THIS WILL BE THE NEXT MAJOR MILESTONE AS WE COUNT DOWN TOWARDS 20 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS HUMAN PRESENCE IN SPACE. THE ICE ISS SPACE STATION, FOOTBALL FOLD SIZED MILLION POUND LABORATORY ANYTHING AROUND PLANET EARTH AT 17,500 MILLS PER HOUR. IT IS OUR HOME IN LOW EH ORBIT ANDO EXPLORING THE FAR REACHES OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM. A PLACE TO LEARN WHAT WHAT IT TS TO LIVE, TO WORKS, TO WORK, TO THRIVE IN SPACE. THINGS SPACE AGENCIES REPRESENTING MORE THAN A DOZEN COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, IT WENT FROM THE DRAWING BOARDO LIFTOFF WHEN THE FIRST PIECE FLEW INTO SPACE IN 1998.

THAT KICKED OFF OVER A DECADE OF CONSTRUCTION, HAULING THE STATION TO ON OR ABOUT PIECE BY PIECE ON NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE AND RUSSIAN ROCKETS, AFTER THE FIRST CREW ARRIVED IN NOVEMBER OF 2000 WE STARTED AN UNBROKEN STRANGE OF HUMANS LIVING AND WORKING IN SPACE. BUILDING ON THE LEGACY OF PAST OUT POSTS LIKE SKY LAB AND MUIR, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION GAME TRAINING GROUND FOR HUMANITY'S NEXT GREAT JOURNEY. LENING THOUSAND LIVE IN SPACE FOR EXTREME PERIODS OF TIME, BUILDING AND PERFECTING THE TECHNOLOGY NECESSARY TO EXPLORE SOLAR SYSTEM.

>> IT GAVE US A SPACE ON THE DOORSTEP TO PROPER NEXT GIANT LEAP INTO THE UNKNOWN AND THANKS TO THE STATION A NEW ERA IN OUTER SPACE IS UNFOLDING. >> WHAT WAS ONCE THE DOMAIN OF ONLY NATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS IS NOW POPULATE PAID GROWING SPACE FLEET FROM AMERICAN INDUSTRY. PRIVATE SPACECRAFT TO FLY CARGO AND CREW MEMBERS, NEW HABITATS AND TECHNOLOGY FOR FUTURE SPACE MISSIONS AND AN OPEN DOOR FOR COMPANIES, RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS AND EVEN STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD TO DO RESEARCH IN SPACE THAT HAVE NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY BEFORE. ALL LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A ROBUST ANY SPACE. IN HAVE BEEN THOUSAND SHANLDZ OF EXPERIMENTS HUNDREDS OF SPACEWALKS AND END LESS CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES ALL DONE BY HUMANS HAILING FROM COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE.

THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE AS P INEFFECTIVE WHEN WE COME TOGETHER TO DO THE THINGS THAT ARE HARD. >> AND YOU REALLY GET AN IDEA FROM THAT OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESEARCH AND THE BENEFIT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, EVERY DAY ASTRONAUTS LIVING UP THERE AREOING, OR DOING THEIR EXPERIMENT THERE IS IS NOWHERE LIKE SPICE TEST THE SYSTEMS THAT ASTRONAUTS WILL RELY ON WHEN THEY GO TO THE MOON AND ON TO MARS. AND OF COURSE BEFORE WE MAKE THOSE FLIGHTS WE HAVE TO MAKE THESE FLIGHTS, INCLUDING CARRYING A FEW HUNDRED POUNDS OF, POUNDS OF CARGO TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, INCLUDING THE FOOD, THAT WILL GO UP AS KIND OF A CARE PACKAGE FOR CRUP THERE.

ALSO TAKING UP FLAGS, COINS AND THE ILLUSTRIOUS SILVER SNOOPIES AND ONE OF THE PHRASES YOU HEAR A LOT IN HUMANCEFLIGHT IS STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS AND THAT BASICALLY REPRESENTS THE WORK THAT OUR PREDECESSORS HAVE DONE TO MAKE THIS SPACE PROGRAM SO SUCCESSFUL AND THE WORK THAT EVERYBODY PUTS IN WHEREVER DAY TO ACHIEVE THESE WONDERFUL MISSIONS. SO ITEMS LIKE I THESE, LIKE THE FLAGS ARE OFTEN USED TO COMMEMORATE AND TOKENS SUCH AS SILVER SNOOPIES GIVE US A CHANCE TO — FOR BOEING AND NASA TO THANK WORKFORCE THAT PUTS IN EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO THESE FLIGHTS.

THAT'S RIGHT, THAT'S ONE MORE REASON TO BE TO GET STARLINER OFF THE GROUND TODAY SO WE CAN GET SOME OF THAT FUN CARGO BACK AFTER LANDING. IN THE MEANTIME, THOUGH, THE FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM HERE IN HOUSTON JUST GAVE RICHARD JONES THEIR GO FOR LAUNCH, SO EVERYTHING IS PROCEEDING RIGHT ON TIME AND WE ARE GOING HAND BACK NOW TO MH. >> ALL RIGHT, THANKS, STEVE AND BRANDY, IT IS SO COOL TO SEE YOU GUYS THERE IN MISSION CONTROL HOUSTON FOR WHAT WILL SOON BE CREW LAUNCHES AGAIN AND JOSH I KNOW YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THE PEOPLE BEHIND SCENE, JUST HOW MANY PREPARE INVOLVED AND HOW LONG AND HARD THEY HAVE JUST POURED THEIR HEARTS AND S INTO THIS, I GOT CHILLS MYSELF HEARING MISSION CONTROL WAS GO, I KNOW PEOPLE SITTING ON CONSOLE, THEY ARE FOCUSED ON THEIR DATA BUT IT IS JUST SUCH AND EMOTIONAL DAY FOR THEM STILL. >> YES. WE WANT TO GO OVER TO DYLAN FOR A QUICK STATUS CHECK. HOW ARE THINGS GOING? >> WE ARE CONTINUING TO HAVE VERY CLEAN COUNTDOWN HERE, THE TEAM IS WORKING, NO ISSUES, JUST A FEW MOVEMENTS AGO WE HEARD FROM OFFICER JESSICA WILLIAMS AND GOT A WEATHER REPORT THAT IS JUST ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS FROM JESSICA AND THE WEATHER TEAM OVER IN THE 45TH SPACE WING.

CLEAR SKIES, WE ARE A GO ON ALL CONSTRAINTS WITH JUST A TEN PERCENT POSSIBILITY OF SURPRISE POPULATION OF GROUND WINDS BUT THE WINDS ARE WELL UNDER OUR CONSTRAINTS SO NOT LOOKING FOR ANY WEATHER ISSUES THIS MORNING. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR COUNTDOWN TODAY AS COMPARED TO COUNT DOWNS THEENGTH OF THE HOLD. GENERALLY THE FINAL HOLD IS 15 OR 20 MINUTES, THAT IS DEPENDENT ON A LAUNCH WINDOW BUT TODAY'S BUILT IN HOLD, WE ARE GOING USE FOR COMMERCIAL CREW MISSIONS IS FOUR HOURS AND DURING THAT TIME IS THE TIME WHEN THE BOEING TEAM GOES BACK OUT AND FINISHES LOADING UP THAT CARGO INTO THE STARLINER AS WELL AS THAT'S WHEN THE LAUNCH OR LOAD THE ASTRONAUTS AS WELL.

THOSE ARE ALL THE PROCESSES THAT THE TEAM CHECKED OUT TODAY, OF COURSE ALL OF THAT IS WRAPPED UP AND DONE, SO THE REMAINING WORK WE HAVE AHEAD OF US HERE ARE WE ARE GOING TO BE CLOSING OUT OUR PROPND HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS AND GET THOSE CONFIGURED FOR FLIGHT, THE AVIONIC FOLKS WILL MAKE SURE THE ROCKET CAN STEER APPROPRIATELY THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE WITH THE UPPER LEVEL WINDS.

THERE WILL BE SOME COMM CHECKS COMPLOAFTED, THE BMCC OVER AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND EVENTUALLY THE COMM CHECK WILL INCLUDE ASTRONAUTS AS WELL. WE WILL GET THAT CREW ACCESS ARM RETRACTED AND THEN MOVE INTO OUR FINAL POLLING FOR LAUNCH. JOSH AND MARIE THAT'S THE UPDATE FROM THE ASOC. >> THANKS, DYLAN,HAT'S REALLY ABOUT AS GOOD A FORECAST AS YOU HOPE FOR. FINGERS CROSS MOTHER NATURE CONTINUES TO COOPERATE. >> AND WE CONTINUE TO PREPARE FOR FLIGHT.

NASA STEVE PAIN SPAIN ON STAND ANY THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER. HE IS A GUY YO HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE TO CALL BUT BE GLAD HE IS THERE IF GROWVMENT IN AN EMERGENCY, STEVE WOULD COORDINATE ALL THE RESOURCES ON SITE TO MAKE SURE WE GET EVERYONE OUT SAFELY AND DENVER, THE VALOR TEAM LED BY LARS IS PREPARING FOR ASCENT. HE IS ONLY ON CONSOLE DURING STARLINER FLIGHTS. THEY ARE LOOKING SPECIFICALLY FOR ANYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG ON HERE AND RELAY DATA TO MISSION CONTROL TO PREPARE FOR AN ABORT. STAYED JUST PRACTICE FOR THEM SINCE OUR ABORT SYSTEM IS NOT ACTIVE AND THERE IS NOT CREW ON BOARD. NOW THROUGHOUT THE SHOW WE HAVE BEEN ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT STARLINER ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

>> THAT'S RIGHT. AND WE WANT TO TAKE — WE GOT A REALLY COOL PHOTO FROM A STARLINER IN SUPER FAN WATCHING ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE POND IN IRELAND. OF COURSE HE DIDN'T HAVE TO GET UP QUITE SO EARLY BECAUSE I THINK IT ISID-MORNING THERE NOW, BUT HAYDEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SENDING YOUR PHOTO AND PLEASE IF YOU WATCHING FOLLOW UP, USE THE HASHTAG ASK NASA AND SHOW US HOW YOU WATCHING TODAY'S LAUNCH.

>> HAYDEN, I HOPE HE SEES A GOOD LAUNCH TODAY. >> AND AS MISSION TEAMS PREPARE FOR FINAL — >> OH, SORRY WE HAVE A QUESTION. WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ENOUGH BOEING BLUE SPACESUIT DESIGN AND THE MATERIALS USED. >> SO IT IS MADE OUT OF NOME EXAMINE. WHICH IS KIND OF STANDARD FOR A LOT OF SPACESUITS BECAUSE IT IS, YOU KNOW, FIRE RESISTANT SO IT WOULD KEEP THE ASTRONAUTS SAFE IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG BUT A LOT OF INNOVATIONS ON WHAT THE SHUTTLES DID, I THINK CHRIS FERGUSON'S FAVORITE IT HAS A HOODED KIND OF FEEL SO IT IS A SOFT SHELL HOOD, NOT HEAVY HELMET ON, OTHERWISE TOUCH SCREEN SENSITIVE GLOVES, MORE COMFORTABLE SHOES MADE BY REEBOK AND, YOU KNOW, JUST OVERALL MUCH LIGHTER AND MORE COMFORTABLE SUIT FOR THE ASTRONAUTS AND GOAT SEE THEM DAY GIEW NEXT TIME STARLINER FLIES.

SO AS MISSION TEAM PREPARES FOR FINAL COUNT DOWN WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING SO HARD TO GET THE BRAND-NEW SPACECRAFT T THIS MOMENT. >> THE WHOLE TOM HAS BEEN THROUGH HIGHS AND LOWS TO GET HERE BUFF THIS IS AN EMOTIONAL TEAM, EMOTIONAL TIME FOR EVERYONE ON THE EM. >> LET'S TALK TO SOME OF THE FOLKS WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THE STARLINER. >> IT IS NOT 100 PERT INVOLVED EVERY SINGLE DAY, WE ARE PUTTING, I AM GETTING EMOTIONAL OVER IT. SOME OF US, IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT, THEN, YOU KNOW, WE ARE NOT G I THINK TO SLEEP TONIGHT. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? >> WE ARE NOT GOING TO SLEEP. TO IF SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT WE ARE NOT GOING SLEEP. WE ARE GOING TO GET IT STRAIGHTENED OUT. YOU NOT JUST CARRYING A PARTICULAR AGENCY BUT OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. >> BOTH BOEING AND NASA ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT NOW, NOT JUST FOR THE BENEFITF A PRIVATE COMPANY LIKE BOEING AND NOT JUST FOR AN AGENCY LIKE NASA.

THEY ARE DOING THIS ON BEHALF OF THE NATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE — >> THIS IS HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT. WE HAVE PEOPLE, WE HAVE TEAMMATES AND COLONIES THAT WILL FLY IN THIS VEHICLE. WE NEED MAKE SURE WE GET THEM THERE SAFELY AND WE GET THEM BACK SAFELY. I WOULD FLY EVERY TIME LIKE THIS. THERE IS NO POINT TO ANY OF THIS, TO COMMERCIAL AND HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT IF WE TONIGHT MAKE SURE OUR CREW IS SAFE. >> NOBODY UNDERSTANDS THIS, I DON'T THINK ANYBODY REALLY IN THIS BUSINESS LOSES SIGHT OF WHAT WE ARE DOING. >> THESE SPACECRAFT ARE HAND BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP. WE DON'T EVEN USE POWER ALSO TO ON THEM. >> EVERY LITTLE POSE MEANS SOMETHING IMPORTANT. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW AND IT IS JUST LESSONS LEARNED AND KEEPING YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN.

EVERYBODY WATCHES EVERYBODY ELSE. YOU HAVE TO. YOU CAN'T MAKE MISTAKES. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR ERROR. >> I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY WOULD YOU MAKE THAT DECISION WITH CHRIS'S LIFE IN THE ROOM AND THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS YES. >> YOU HAV TO PUT 100 PERCENT EVERY DAY. YOU KNOW,. AND TAKE TIME FROM OUR FAMILIES TO MAKE SURE THAT HE CAN COME HOME TO HIS. >> OUR GRASS IS TALL AT HOME, OUR KIDS ARE LOOKING FOR US BUT I AM BUILDING A SPACESHIP. >> YOU CAN ONLY DO IT ONE TIME. I KNOW WHAT I HAVE DONE IS A PRETTY GOOD JOB. >> I MIGHT NOT BE RIDING ON IT BUT I AM RIGHT THERE WITH THEM. >> SLAWRCH GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY. THAT IS JUST THE START FOR US. >> WHEN WE SEE IT LAND AND EVERYBODY IS SAFE, THAT IS GOING TO BE REALLY WHEN WE DO THE HIGH FIVE. >> NOW, SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE SITTING IN THE BMCC AND LOOKING AT THEM RIGHT NOW ON THE CONSOLE. THEY SHOULD BE ABOUT TO ENTER THEIR FINAL POLL.

>> AND THE BOEING LAUNCH TEAMS HAVE REPORTED OUT FROM THE CONTROL ROOM ON THE HARDWARE READINESS, THAT SIGNAL THAT STARLINER IS READY FOR THA TERMI. >> TORY HAS BEEN KEEPING TABS ON THEIR PROGRESS. TORY HOW ARE THE FINAL STARLINER POLLS GOING? >> THANKS, JOSH, THE FINAL STARLINER PROCESS GOING EXCELLENT AND ACTUALLY JUST HEARD THE ENGINEERING TEAM GO THROUGH THEIR FINAL PULL SO, POLL THEY SAY THEY ARE GOI BROKEN FOR LAUNCH. EVERYTHING HERE OUT OF THE BMCC IS LOOKING IT FROM AND EVERYBODY IS REALLY NEED AND READY FOR THE TERMINAL COUNT. NOW, WE HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU AT HOME FROM THE WOMAN WHO NAMED ROSIE THE RIVETER. >> HI, EVERYONE, I AM LEANN. I AM THRILLED TO BE HERE TODAY AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER COMPLEX.

>> ASTRONAUTS HALL HALL OF FAME, SURROUNDED BY THE HEROES AND LEGENDS THAT HAVE HAVE INSPIREDE WORK WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY. MY PARENTS ACTUALLY MET WHILE WORKING ON THE SATURN FIVE PROGRAM AND I WAS BORN RIGHT HERE ON FLORIDA'S SPACE COAST. LIKE MANY OF YOU, I AM INSPIRED EXPLORATIND IT IS HUMBLING TO BE A PART OF THIS MOMENT HISTORY. WE ARE SO PROUD THAT STARLINER IS A VERY FIRST HUMAN SPACECRAFT TO BE BUILT AND LAUNCHED RIGHT HERE IN FLORIDA.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE TEAMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AS FAR AWAY ASUSTRALIA WHO DESIGNED, BUILT AND TESTED STARLINER. AND THANK YOU TO NASA, WE HAVE BEEN A PROUD NASA PARTNER SINCE EARLIEST DAYS HE OF SPACE FRORGS AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT WE ACCOMPLISH NOTHING THE YEARS AHEAD. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT SPACE IS NOT THE FINAL FRONTIER, IT IS JUST THE NEXT ONE. THINGS STARLINER GETTING THERE WILL BE SAFE, EFFICIENT, AND OBTAINABLE. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING OUR SHOW. AND ENJOY THE LAUNCH. >> NOW, H SCENE PROBABLY ONE OF THE PEOPLE MOST EXCITE THABTD, WHENEVER YOU TALK TO SPACE HER EYES JUST LIGHT UP SO WE ARE ALL HOPING FOR A GREAT LAUNCH. WE ACTUALLY JUST GOT CONFIRMATION THAT THEY ARE CONFIGURING STARLINER FOR THE TERMINAL COUNT AND ALL GO RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US WE ARE MINUTES AWAY FROM STARLINER'S F LAUNCH ATTEMPT. >> AND ULA WILL BE GETTING READY SOON TO BEGIN ITS POLL TO ENTER THE TERMINAL COUNT, RIGHT NOW WE ARE ABOUT 16 MINUTES FROM LIFTOFF.

>> THIS IS A CRITICAL POINT. >> THE COUNTDOWN AFTER THE LAUNCH CLOCK RESTARTS AT T MINUS FOUR MINUTES. IT IS, IF ANOTHER HOLD I CALLED WE WILL SCRUB FOR THE DAY. >> HOLD, HOLD, HOLD ON COUNT DOWN ONE. >> STATUS CHECK BREED TERMINAL COUNT. >> ATLAS SYSTEMS, PROPULSION, GO. >> HYDRAULICS, GO. >> PNEUMATICS, GO. >> LO 2. >> GO. >> WATER, GO. >> CENTAUR SYSTEMS, PROPULSION. >> GO, PNEUMATIC GO. >> LO 2. >> GO. >> LH 2. >> GO. >> BASS. >> GO. >> ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS, AIRBORNE. >> GO. >> ANOMALY CHIEF. >> GO. >> CLEAR TO PROCEED. LAUNCH DIRECTOR.

>> LAUNCH DIRECTOR IS GO AND YOU HAVE PERMISSION. THE COUNTDOWN — >> 3, 2, 1. >> WE HAVE A FEW MINUTES NOW ANSWER MORE OF YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT STARLINER. WE HAVE ONE FROM INGRAM. WANTS TO KNOW YOU HAVE CERTAIN WEIGHT CONCERNS, OBVIOUSLY, SO HOW DO YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE WEIGHT OF THE PAINT USED ON STARLINER? >> SO OF COURSE EVERY POUND MATTERS ON A SPACECRAFT. THAT'S WHY WE DIDN'T USE TOO MUCH PAINT WE DON'T NEED, AS YOU TELL ON THE VEHICLE THERE ARE SOTYLE PAINTINGS ON THERE.

THE NASA LOGO, THE BOEING LOGO, THOSE KIND OF COOL DASH MARKS AROUND THE TOP, THAT'S THE ONLY PAINT STARLINER DOESN'T NEED, THE GRAY PAINT COVERING, IT IS ACTUALLY THERE FOR THERMAL PROPERTIES, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING STARLINER FOR A WHILE, IT USED TD OUR ANALYSIS WE DECIDED THAT PRAY WOULD BE A LITTLE BETTER AND SAFER ON REENTRY SO WE COVERED IT ONE THIS SPECIAL GRAY PAINT THAT IS VERY HEAT RESISTANT. I MEAN YOU SEE IT IS REALLY EARLY IN THE MORNING AND THE SUN IS NOT UP BUT YOU TELL THAT KIND OF COLOR ON THE CAP SOUL AT TOP OF THE ROCKET ON THE PAD THERE.

>> YES. EXACTLY. IT IS ACTUALLY MAKING USE OF THERMAL BLANKETS. THE GRAY PARTS IS THERMAL BLANKETS AND THERMAL TILES ALSO FROM THE SPACE SHUTTLE BUT A NEW HEAT SHIELD ON THE BOTTOM. WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE UNDER QUESTION AND ANOTHER INTERESTING QUESTION ABOUT THE G FORCES. MOON MAN WANTED TO ASK ABOUT THE MAX LOADS EXPECTED DURING ASCENT. AND THEN WILL THE BOOSTER THROTTLE DOWN MAINTAIN THOSE LOWER GS. >> THAT IS ACTUALLY A GREAT QUESTION. ULA IS FLYING A VERY UNIQUE AJECTORY FOR US A AND GOING TO FLY FLATTER AT MOON MAN SAID AND THE BOOSTER WILL ACTUALLY THROTTLE DOWN DURING THE LATER STAGES OF FLIGHT. TO MAINTAIN THREE AND A HALF G TONS CREW MEMBERS. I WANT TO — THE ACCESS ARM IS ABOUT TO RETRACT.HT IT WAS RETRG THERE.

SO YES, ATLAS WILL FLY A DIFFERENT FLIGHT THAN NORMAL BUT 3 AND A HALF GS IS NOT UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THE CREW, IT IS SAFE FOR THEM. CHRIS FERGUSON DESCRIBED IT STILL KIND OF FEELS LIKE A GORILLA SITTING ON YOUR CHEST BUTORMAL FOR ABOUT MOST LAUNCHES. >> WE WANT YOU TO KEEP THOSE QUESTIONS COMING. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT QUESTIONS AND REMEMBER TO USE THE HASHTAG ASK NASA AND STANDING BY NOW KEEPING AN EYE ON SPACE LAUNCH COMPLEX 41 WAITING FOR CREW ACCESS ARM TO BEGIN ITS RETRACTION AND WE WILL START TO SEE THE ARM SWING AWAY AND THE WHITE ROOM SLOWLY MOVE AWAY FROM AFT LAS AND THAT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE LAST VISIBLE THINGS WE WILL SEE AHEAD OF LAUNCH. >> SO UP TO THIS POINT, IF THERE WERE CREW ON BOARD, RIGHT BEFORE THE CREW ACCESS ARM MOVES IS WHERE WE CONFIGURE LAUNCHRT SYSTEM.

WE WILL SEW IT KIND OF SLOWLY HEF AWAY BUT IT CAN ACTUALLY SWING BACK TO THE CAPSULE IN LESS THAN 22NDS. IF THERE WERE A LIGHTNING STORM COMING IF THE ASTRONAUTS HAS TO GET OFF OFF THE PAD. IF NEED GET OFF THEY WILL LEAVE ON STARLINER. JOSH, YOU MENTIONED THE ABORT SYSTEM I SHEET NOT ACTIVE ON THIS FLIGHT. CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE WHY? >> YES. SO ULA HAS THIS NEW EMERGENCY DETECTION SYSTEM ON THE TOP OF THEIR CENTAUR UPPER STAGE, IT IS BASICALLY TWO EXTRA COMPUTERS THAT ARE PLUGGED INTO THE REST OF THE ROCKET AND THEY ARE JUST, YOU KNOW, REALLY MAKING SURE THAT THAT SYSTEM IS GOING TO WORK.

WE DON'T WANT TO CAUSE A PREMATURE ABORT SINCE IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SYSTEM IS ON ATLAS BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT SYSTEM IS LOOKING FOR WHAT IS CALLED FAST TRIGGER ABORTS. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WILL HAPPEN SO QUICKLY A HUMAN WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DETECT IT. AND SO WE ARE GOING SEE THAT, OF COURSE IS GOING TO BE ACTIVATED THE NEXT TIME STARLINER FLIGZ, THE NEXT WILL BE CALLED THE YOU FLIGHT TEST AND CARRY BOEING ASTRONAUT CHRIS FERGUSON, NASA ASTRONAUT MIKE FINK AND NICOLE MANN AND THEY WILL B NEXT TIME SIFTING RIGHT ON TOP OF THAT ATLAS V INSIDE STARLINER. BUT FOR TODAY, OF COURSE, WE HAVE GOT ROSIE INSIDE, SNOOPY INSIDE, AND 600 POUNDS OF NASA CARGO AND WE ARE A LITTLE OVER 11 MINUTES AWAY FROM LAUNCH NOW. AGAIN, JUST STANDING BY BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOUT SEE LIVE THAT YOU ACCESS ARM SWINGING AWAY. SO WE WILL JUST KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS FOR YOU. .. ARM CONTROL, M FOR LAUNCH. >> ROGER. WE JUST HEARD CALL THEY ARE ABOUT TO STOW THE YOU ACCESS ARM AND HAVE CONFIRMATION THAT STARLINER IS RUNNING ON INTERNAL POWER.

IT IS NOT RELYING ON GROUND POWER ANYMORE. PULLING POWER FROM ITS OWN BATTERIES. IF YOU JUST JOINING US WE ARE JUST OVER 10 MINUTES FROM LIFTOFF AND WE ARE — OH THERE IT IS, IT LOOKS LIKE THE CREW ACCESS ARM IS BEGINNING TO MOVE AWAY FROM STARLINER. YOU SEE THE WHITE ROOM EVER SO SLIGHTLY STARTING TO MAKE A SWING. >> AGAIN THIS IS ONE OF THE LAST MAJOR STEPS, THE NEXT IS THE LAUNCH VEHICLE PULL. THEN WE WILL RELEASE THE FOUR MINUTE HOLD. AND THEN — >> INTERNAL POWER. >> VERY FOID. >> NOW IT IS A CREW ACCESS ARM RETRACTS, AGAIN, THE FINAL PULL FOR TODAY IS THE LAUNCH VEHICLE PULL. IF YOU HAVE WATCHED ATLAS LAUNCHES IT WILL SOUND VERY FAMILIAR.

THERE IS IS A BIG OLD PISTON PULLING BACK THAT CREW ACCESS ARM. >> AND AFTER ATLAS IS DECLARED READY FOR LAUNCH NASA AND BOEING WILL JOINTLY DECIDE WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE COUNTDOWN. IN ABOUT NINE MINUTES AWAY FROM LAUNCH. ALL RIGHT. THERE YOU SEE CREW ACCESS ARM JUST FINISHING ITS SWING AWAY FROM THE ATLAS V ROCKET AND STARLINER AND WE WANT TO GO OVER TO DYLAN NICE THE ASOC FOR ARE A STATUS UPDATE. DYLAN. >> HEY MARKS I ARE, WE ARE CONTINUING TO HAVE A CLEAN COUNT DOWN HERE. WE ARE JUST A FEW MOMENTS AWAY FROM CHIEF LAUNCH DETECTOR CONDUCTING THE STATUS CHECK POLL WHICH WILL TAKE US INTO OUR FINAL COUNT DOWN TOAUNCH. TT TERMINAL COUNT STATUS CHECK POLL IS THE FINAL CHECK FROM EACH OPERATOR, OPERATOR'S ASSOCIATED WITH THE GROUND SYSTEM, THE LAUNCH VEHICLE, THE SPACECRAFT AND THE EASTERN RANGE TO ENSURE THAT ALL SYSTEMS ARE READY TO GO FOR US TO PROCEED INTO TERMINAL COUNT AND GET THE ROCKET LAUNCHED SO WE ARE JUST ABOUT MINUTE AWAY FROM THAT NOW.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE EXECUTED THIS COUNT DOWN MANY TIMES FOR A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT MISSIONS, BUT THE COUNTDOWN TODAY FEELS, FEELS QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE HAVE NORMALLY DONE. THE EXCITEMENT HERE IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE AND WE ARE VERY, VERY EXCITED TO SEE THIS, SEE MISSION GO AND GO ON TIME. ESPECIALLY WITH SUCH A CLEAN COUNT DOWN LIKE WE HAD TODAY SO REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. THE TEAM HAS NOT BEEN TALKING ABOUT ANY ISSUES AT ALL ON ANY OF THE NETS I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO, SO WHEN THAT TERMINA COUNT STATUS CHECK STARTS WE ARE EXPECTING TO HEAR GOES ACROSS THE BOARD.

>> SO I THINK WE WILL STAND BY HERE AND LISTEN FOR CHIEF LAUNCH CONNECTOR DOUG TO GET THAT POLL STARTED HERE IN ABOUT 20 SECONDS. I THINK. >> STATUS DHOAK PROCEED WITH TERMINAL COUNT. ATLAS SYSTEMS, PROPULSION, GO. >> HYDRAULICS. >> GO. >> PNEUMATIC. >> GO. >> LO 2. >> GO. >> WATER. >> GO. >> CENTAUR SYSTEMS, PROPULSION. . >> PNEUMATICS. >> GO. >> LO 2. >> GO. >> LH 2. >> GO. >> HAZ GAS. >> GO. >> ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AIRBORNE. >> GO. >> GROUND. >> GO. >> FACILITIES GO.

>> FLIGHT CONTROL. >> GO. >>O.CQ. >> OP SUPPORT. >> GO. >> COMM. >> GO. >> UMBILICAL. >> GO. >> ARM CONTROL. >> GO. >> ECF. >> GO. >> RED LINE MONITOR. >> GO. >> QUALITY. >> GO. >> OPS SAFETY MANAGER. >> GO. >> SAFETY OFFICER. >> GO. >> VEHICLE SYSTEM ENGINEER. >> GO. >> ANOMALY CHIEF. >> GO. >> RANGE COORDINATOR. >> CLEAR TO PROCEED. >> FLIGHT DIRECTOR. >> SNRIGHT GO. >> LAUNCH DIRECTOR.

>> GO AND LC YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO LAUNCH. PROCEEDING WITH THE COUNT. >> ALC VERIFY FOR 11. 36:43 ZULU. VERIFIED. >> WELL, JOSH AND MARIE YOU HEARD IT, WE ARE GO FOR LAUNCH, RIGHTS ON TIME. ALL RHANKS, WE HEARD SOME CHEERS BEHIND US OVER AT THE PRESS SITE WHEN WE HEARD YOU HAVE PER NOTIFICATION LAUNCH. I KNOW, YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO LAUNCH. I KNOW THEY ARE FEELING GOD ABOUT THAT. TORY IS STANDING OVER HERE AND SHE HAS A VERY SPECIAL GUEST TO SAY HELLO.

>> THANKS, MARIE. YES. I DO HAVE A VERY SPECIAL GUEST HERE TODAY. I HAVE CHRIS FERGUSON, FIRST BOEING ASTRONAUT AND FORM — FORMER SPACE SHUTTLE COMMANDER. SO, CHRIS, YOU HEARD THE POLL, YOU WERE HERE, YOU KNOW, BEING A PART OF SOME OF THE OTHER POLLS THIS MORNINAN YOU TELL US HOW IT ISOING? >> WELL, EVERY LAUNCH HAS ITS EXCITING MOMENTS WE HAD A FEW EARLIER WITH A MINOR ISSUE THAT CAME UP BUT WE HAVE DEVELOPED ALL OF THE NECESSARY RATIONALE TO GO FLIGHT FLYING AND YOU JUST LISTENED TO THE POLL. BASICALLY, EVERYBODY IS IN LYNN AND IN AGREEMENT THAT WE ARE IN A GOOD CONFIGION TO GO FLY.

SO IT WAS A LITTLE CLOSE BUT HEY WE ARE GOING TO BE OFF TO THE RACES HERE IN A FEW SHORT MINUTES. >> NOW THIS IS REALLY EXCITING TIME, RIGHTS, LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES HERE UNTIL LAUNCH SO, YOU KNOW, IT IS FUNNY WHEN WE SAY LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES TO LAUNCH BUT I KNOW YOU HAVE ON THE PROGRAM F ABOUT EIGHT YEARS NOW. >> UH-HUH. >> SO ALL OF THIS I KNOW HAS BEEN LEADING UP TO THIS MOMENT AND THE CST CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR ROLE WITHIN THE STARLINER PROGRAM. >> I JOINED THE PROGRAM AS YOU HAVE SAID EIGHT YEARS AGO SHORTLY AFTER THE SPACE SHUTTLE WONDERFUL TO BE A PART OF THE . IT HAS BEEN WONDERFUL TO HAVE SOME INFLUENCE IN THE DESIGN AND NOW, YOU KNOW, IT IS ALMOST SURREAL. THERE IT IS OUT ON THE PAD, THE LABOR OF THE LAST EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS IS SORT OF COMING TO, YOU KNOW, IT IS GAME DAY, RIGHT THE BIG TEST IS, ANDIND YOU, YOU KNOW, OUR BIG GAME FOR THE SPACECRAFT ACTUALLY BEGINS WHEN THE LAUNCH VEHICLE RELEASES 11 MINUTES FROM NOW, SO WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO, EVEN THOUGH IS THE EXCITING PART THAT EVERYBODY ENJOYS WATCHING A LAUNCH.

OUR BIG TEST REALLY BEGINS WHEN THE LAUNCH VEHICLE SORT OF RELEASES US ANDE HAVE TO GO PERFORM ALL OF THE NECESSARY DEMOCRATS INVESTIGATIONS TO GET READY TO DOCTOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TOMORROW. SO WE HAVE GOT A BUSY 24 HOURS. >> YES. THAT IS REALLY EXCITING, RIGHT? IT IS BUSY BUT I KNOW TEAM HERE IS UP TO THE CHALLENGE. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> ALL RIGHT, JOSH AND MARIE, THANKS FOR COMING TO US, BACK TO YOU. GREAT HEARING FROM CHRIS. WE ARE THROW MINUTES AND 20 SECONDS AWAY.

THE T MINUS FOUR MINUTE HOLD WAS RELEASED WHILE CHRIS WAS TELLING US ABOUT HOW EXCITE SHED FOR STARLINER. DOWN AND LISTEO THE LOOPS. I WANT TO NOTE ON ASCENT BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY CONTROL ROOMS YOU WILL BE HEARING REPORTS FROM THE ATLAS SPACEFLIGHT OPERATION CENTER FROM JSC AND MARIE AND I WILL STICK AROUND. >> — FLIGHT PRESSURE. >> .. TWO AND A HALF MINUTES. >> ATLAS TANKS ARE AT MR. FLIGHT LEVELS, CENTAUR WILL BE MOMENTARILY. IF YOU JUST JOINING US WE ARE APPROACHING TWO MINUTES FROM THE VERY FIRST FLIGHT OF BOEING'S CST-100 AR LINE TORE THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> .. 159. >> VEHICLE INTERNAL. >> 155. >> — START. >>150. >> CENTAUR LO 2. >> THE ROCKET IS NOW ON INTERNAL POWER AS WELL. BOTH AFT LAS AND CENTAUR TANKS. >> LAUNCH ENABLED. >> 137. >> ARMED. >> THAT WAS THE FLIGHT TERMINATION SOFTWARE. >> IF ATLAS VEERS OFF COURSE.

>> 120. >> OC IS AR >> COUNT STARTED. EDS ASCENT MODE. >> THAT WAS EMERGENCY DETECTION SYSTEM, EDS. >> T MINUS ONE MINUTE. REPORT RANGE STATUS. >> RANGE IS GREEN. >> 54. >> DOT STARTED .. >> >> 30 SECONDS. >> MINUS 25 SECONDS. >> STATUS CHECK:GO ATLAS. >> GO KREN CENTAUR. >> GO STARLINER. >> GO STARLINER. >> >> 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. AND LIFTOFF. THE RISE OF STARLINER. AND A NEW ERA IN HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT. WE HAVE CLEARED THE TOWER. >> NOW 10 SECONDS INTO THE FLIGHT. VEHICLE HAS BEGUN THE PITCH OVER PROGRAM, RESPONSES LOOK GOOD. NOW 15 SECONDS IN. >> LOOP CONTROL. LOCKS GOOD AT FULL TT. GOOD PRESSURE ON BOTH SOCS. NOW 20 SECONDS INTO FLIGHT. >> NOW THROTTLING DOWN PARTIAL THRUST AS EXPECTED. ENGINE RESPONSE LOOKS GOOD. >> NOW 38 SECONDS IN. >> 180 ENGINE PARAMETERS CONTINUE TO LOOK GOOD. VEHICLE IS NOW PASSING THROUGH MASS Q DYNAMIC PRESSURE. >> CHAMBER PRESSURE ON BOTH SRVS CONTINUE TO LOOK GOOD.

PARAME CONTINUING TO LOOK GOOD. >> NOW PASSING ONE MINUTE INTO FLIGHT. >> AND MOCK ONE, ALICE SPITE OF NOW SUPERSONIC. >> AND VEHICLE NOW THROTTLING UP, ENGINE RESPONSE LOOKS GOOD. CONTINUE TO SEE GOOD CHAMBER PRESSURE ON BOTH SRB'S. >> ONE MINUTE AND 22NDS INTO FLIGHT. ARE RATE RESPONSE TONS VEHICLE LOOK GOOD. ONE MINUTE, 30 NDS IN, STANDING FOR FOR SRV BURNOUT. AND WE HAVE BURNOUT ON BOTH SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS. ATLAS WILL HOLD ON TO THE SRBS FOR AN ADDITIONAL 48 SECONDS PRIOR TO JETTISON. >> ENGINE RESPONSE LOOKS GOOD. ONE MINUTE, 50 SECONDS IN. OVER. >> ATLAS IS NOW 17 POLICIES IN ALTITUDE, 11 AND A HALF MILES DOWN DISTANCE,. >> NOW PASSING TWO MINUTES INTO FLIGHT. 180 ENGINE PONTINUE TO LOOK GOOD AT FULL THRUST. >> AND TWO-MINUTES 11 SECONDS INTO FLIGHT THE ATLAS ROCKET NOW WEIGHS ONE-HALF OF WHAT IT DID AT LAUNCH, BURNING PROPELLT AT 128 POUNDS PER SECOND. >> AND WE HAVE SEEN GOOD INDICATION OF JETTISON OF BOTH SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS.

>> VEHICLE GONE TO CLOSED LOOP GUIDANCE. NOW JUST UNDER TWO MINUTES REMAINING IN THE BOOSTER PHASE OF FLIGHT. TWO MINUTES, 35 SECONDS INTO FLIGHT. >> 180 CONTINUES TO PERFORM WELL. ENGINES NOW THROTTLING DOWN SLIGHTLY, ENGINE RESPONSE LOOKS GOOD. AND ATLAS V IS NOW TRAVELING AT OVER FIVE TIMES SPEED OF SOUND. CENTAUR REACTION CONTROL SYSTEM IS NOW PRESSURIZING THE FLIGHT LEVELS. SYSTEM RESPONSE LOOKS GOOD. THREE MINUTES, TEN SECONDS INTO FLIGHT. AFT LAS KNIFE IS NOW 38 MILES IN ALTITUDE, 80 MILES DOWNRANGE DISTANCE, TRAVELING 5,800 MILES PER HOUR. >> >> 180 ENGINE OPERATING PARAMETERS CONTINUE TO LOOK GOOD, NOW ONE MINUTE REMAINING UNTIL ENGINE CUTOFF. >> BODY RATE RESPONSES DON'T LOOK GOOD THROUGHOUT THE BOOSTER PHASE OF FLIGHT. >> AND R 108 CITY NOW THROTTLING TO MAINTAIN A CONSTANT AND ENGINE RESPONSE ALL LOOKS GOOD. >> THREE MINUTES, 55 SECONDS INTO FLIGHT.

> AND CENTAUR BEGUN THE BOOST PHASE SEQUENCE. >> 20 SECONDS TO BECO. >> 180 CONTINUING TO LOOK GOOD AS IT THROTTLES TO MAINTAIN THE CONSTANT T-POINT 5G ACCELERATION LIMIT. ATLAS TU TO OPEN LOOK IN PREPARATION OF BICO. >> AND STAND BIG FOR BECO. >> STANDING BY FOR BECO AND WE HAVE BECO BOOSTE CUTOFF, STANDING BY. >> AND WE HAVE ACADEMY INDICATION OF STAGE SEPARATION. >> GOOD INDICATION OF STAGE SEPARATION. STAND BIG FOR IGNITION. .. IN WE HAVE IGNITION AND FULL THRUST ON BOTH RL 10 ENGINES. CHAMBER PRESSURES LOOK GOOD ON BOTH ENGINES. WE HAVE CONFIRMATION OF JETTISON ON STARLINER. >> SWREAND GOOD INDICATION OF ARROW AERO SKIRT JETTISON. CENTAUR NOW RESUMING ATTITUDE CONTROL AFTER SUCCESSFUL JET SON. CHAMBER PRESSURE ON BOTH RL 10 ENGINES CONTINUE TO LOCKOOD. >> TWAS A VERY CRITICAL PIECE OF THE MISSION HERE, STAGING IS ALWAYS A VERY DYNAMIC FEELS OF FLIGHT. >> NOW PASSING FIVE MINUTES, 30 SECONDS INTO FLIGHT. >> AND THE CENTAUR SMS BEGINNING INITIAL THRUSTER FIRING FOR THERMAL CONDITIONING. SYSTEM RESPONSE LOOKS GOOD. ONCE AGAIN CENTAUR WILL CONTINUE BURNING FOR ABOUT ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES.

NOW PASSING SIX MINUTES INTO FLIGHT. AND CENTAUR IS NOW 95 MILES ALTITU TRAVELING AT 12,000 MILES PER HOUR. >> THE DUAL RL 10 ENGINES, TO PROPEL STARLINER, THEY ARE MAKING UP FOR A LITTLE BIT OF THE BOOSTER ARE FLYING A FLATTER TRAJECTORY AND AT LOWER THRUST AGAIN TO MAINTAIN THE THREE AND A HALF G FORCES. AGAIN, A FIRST FLIGHT FOR THE DUAL ENGINE CENTAUR ON AN ATLAS V.

TO HEAD TO ORBIT.TAUR CONTINUE >> CENTAUR BURN. CHAMBER PRESSURES HAVE REMAINED VERY STABLE. JUST UNDER FIVE MINUTES NOW REMAINING IN THE BURN. AND KREN STORY NOW 102 MILES ALTITUDE, 800 MILES DOWNRANGE DISTANCE, TRAVELING AT 12,700 MILES PER HOUR. KOOPTING WITH ACTIVE CONTROL, LOOKS GOOD. BODY RATE RESPONSES ARE ALL VERY CLOSE TO NULL. >> THAT MEANS ATLAS IS FLYING ALMOST EXACTLY WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE NOW PASSING EIGHT INTHIEWNTS FLIGHT. >> IF YOU JUST JOINING US, EIGHT MINUTES INTO STARLINER'S FIRST FLIGHT. THERE HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL BOOSTE SEPARATION, CENTAUR CONTINUES TO PROPEL STARLINER. THE NEXT MAJOR MILESTONE WILL BE MAIN ENGINE CUTOFF AT 11 MINUTES 58 SECONDS. >> BOTH CENTAUR RL 10 ENGINES ARE CONTINUING TO PERFORM WELL THROUGHOUT THE BURN, CHAMBER PRESSURES LOOK GOOD. >> AND NOW COMING UP ON NINE MINUTES INTO FLIGHT, KREN STOR 101 MILES ALTITUDE, 1,200 MILES DOWNRANGE DISTANCE,. >> NOW TWO CONTROL ROOMS YOU ARE LOOKING AT ON THE LEFT, THAT IS THE ULA DENVER OPERATIONS CONTROL CENTER.

THEY ARE A BACK CONTROL ROOM FOR THE CONTROL ROOM ON THE RIGHT WHICH IS THE ACTUAL ATLAS SPACEFLIGHT OPERATIONS CENTER. THEY WERE THE ONES WHO LAUNCHED THE ROCKET. ABOUT NINE AND A HALF MINUTES AGO. >> AS YOU SEE EVERYONE IS LOCKED IN ON THEIR SCREENS, MONITORING DATA. YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED THERE WASN'T MUCH EXCITEMENT DURING LAUNCH, BUT ULA WILL BE HAPPY ONCE WE GET TO STAGE SEPARATION, WHICH IS COMING UP ALMOST 15 MINUTES AFTER LAUNCH, SO ABOUT FIVE MINUTES FROM NOW.

CENTAUR PERFORMANCE CONTINUES. MAIN VEHICLE BATTERY TEMPERATURES AND PRESSURES. AND CONTINUE TO SEE GOOD PRESSURES ON OUR HELIUM AND HYDROGEN STORAGE BOTTLES. >> TELEMETRY QUALITY IS GOOD ON THE BURN, SEWING ONLY VERY BRIEF MINOR DROPOUTS. NOW APPROXIMATELY ONE MINUTE REMAINING IN THE BURN. >> >> SO AFTER STARLINER SEPARATES FROM CENTAUR COMING UP IN ABOUT FOUR MINUTES, STARLINER WILL KRIRK LIES ITS ORBIT WITH AN INSERTION BURN, AGAIN ABOUT 30 SECONDS TO MAIN ENGINE CUTOFF.

CHAMBER PRESSURE ON BOTH RL TENS CONTINUE TO LOOK GOOD. NOWAD OF MAIN ENGINE CUTOFF WE ARE SEEING GOOD TANK PRESSURE ON STARLINER ITSELF, BATTERIES ARE AT NOMINAL PRESSURE, GOOD PRESSURE SENSOR READINGS FROM STARLINER, AS IT PREPARES TO FREE FLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ORBIT. STANDING BY FOR MAIN ENGINE CUTOFF. >> AND WE HAVE MICO. >> MAIN ENGINE CUTOFF. >> BODY RATE RESPONSES REMAIN VERY STABLE. >> NOW PASSING 12 MINUTES INTO >> NOW STARLINER WILL STAY AFFIDAVIT TO CENTAUR AGAIN UNTIL ABOUT 15 MINUTES, EXPECTED TO SEPARATE AT 14 MINUTES AND 58 SECONDS AFTER LIFTOFF. >> AND THAT WILL BE THE FIRST STARLINER FREE FLIES IN ORBIT AND AT THAT POINT, RICHARD JONES AND HIS TEAM IN HOUSTON WILL HAVE FULL CONTROL OVER THE VEHICLE. AND THEY WILL SET IT UP FOR AN ORBITAL INSERTION BURN THAT WILL TAKE PLACE 16 MINUTES — 15 MINUTES AFTER SEPARATION.

>> APPROXIMATELY 10 MINUTES NOW REMAINING UNTIL OFT CAPSULE SEPARATION. >> BODY RATE RESPONSES CONTINUE TO LOOK VERY STABLE THROUGHOUT THIS COAST. >> >> SOU ARE LOOKING AT T BOEING MISSION CONTROL CENTER THERE, AT THIS POINT THEY HAVE TRANSITIONED TO A MISSION SUPPORT ROOM, THE PEOPLE YOU SEEING SITTING ON CONSOLE DESIGNED TESTED AND BUILT STARLINER AND THEY ARE THE EXPERTS ON THE SYSTEMS, SO IF FLIGHT CONTROLLERS NEED ANY HELP, TH WILL BE THE ONES ANSWERING THE CALL. >> NOW PASSING 13 MINUTES, 30 SECONDS INTO FLIGHT. >> JUST OVER A MINUTE WE ARE EXPECTING TO HEAR THAT STARLINER HAS SEPARATED FROM THE VEHICLE. ABOUT ONE MINUTE NOW REMAINING UNTIL OFT SEPARATING. >> BODY RATES AND ROLL PITCH AND YAW DIRECTION ALL VERY CLOSE TO NULL.

AND ABOUT 30 SECONDS AWAY FROM SPACECRAFT SET. >> NOW STANDING BY FOR SPACECRAFT SEPARATION. >> AND WE HAVE GOOD INDICATION OF SEPARATION OF THE OFT CAPSULE. [ APPLAUSE ] >> THERE IT IS. ULA HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR PIECE OF THE MISSION. STARLINER IS FREE FLYING FOR TH. FROM HERE, THE JOHNSON SPACE CENTER MISSION CONTROLLERS WILL BE FLYING STARLINER. WE WILL HEAR REPORTS EX-CLIEWFERL FROM THERE. EXCLUSIVELY FROM THERE. >> AND STARLINER'S SOFTWARE HAS BEEN SWITCHED TO ORBIT MODE MEANING THE SPACECRAFT IS EX-DO YOU AGREE COMMANDS IT NEEDS FOR OPERATING IN SPACE FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH INTO ORBIT, INTO THE ORBITAL TRAJECTORY. THERE IS JUST ONE STEP FLIGHT CONTROLLERS ARE TAKING IN CONFIGURING STARLINER, NOW THAT IT IS FLYING ON ITS. FLIGHT CONTROLLERS ARE SETTING UP FOR ORBITAL INSERTION BURN WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ABOUT 15 MINUTES, A LITTLE OVER 15 MINUTES. AND THAT WILL CIRCUMSTANCE LIES THE ORBIT AS IT ..

SETS OFF TO CHASE THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE TEAM HERE IS ALSO TURNING OFF SEVERALTEMS THAT WERE ARE NOT NECESSARY NOW THATBUT STARLINER IS IN ORBIT, WHILE SOME ARE TURNED OFF SOME WILL BE TURNED ON, SUCH AS THE THRUSTER HOUSING USED TO MANEUVER THE STARLINER IN SPACE AND THE SOLAR ARRAYS. THE THRUSTERS WILL STEER STARLINER THROUGH ORBIT AND THE SOLAR ARRAYS WILL OF COURSE CONVERT THE SUN'S ENERGY INTO ELECTRIC ENERGY TO CHARGE THE SPACECRAFT BATTERIES.

>> THE KREN STORY INTENTIONALLY LEFT STARLINER IN AN ELLCAL TRAJECTORY THAT WILL MAKE IT EASY FOR THE SPACECRAFT AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FUTURE CREWS TO COME BACK TO EARTH AT THIS POINT IF THERE IS A PROBLEM THAT MEANS IT IS ALL ON STARLINER TO MAKE IT THE REST OF THE WAY INTO STABLE ORBIT AND ON TRACK FOR SPACE STATION DOCKING THIS IS WHERE STARLINER'S ORBITAL MANEUVERING ANUDE CONTROL ENGINES COME INTO PLAY, THE 20 HAVE ENGINES CAN EACH PROVIDE UP TO 1400 POUNDS OF THRUST WHICH IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO HEAVE THE STARLINER THAT LAST LITTLE BIT INTO ORBIT. THIS HE WILL FIRE FOR ABOUT 40 SECONDS SETTING STARLINER ON THE RIGHT PATH NOT ONLY FOR DOCKING WITHHE SPACE STATION BUT A SERIES OF DEMONSTRATIONS STARLINER WILL PERFORM BEFORE DOCKING. >> AND THOSE DEMONSTRATIONS WILL PROVE THAT STARLINER IS READY TO SAFELY DOCK WITH THE SPACE STATION. THEY ACTUALLY BEGAN ON THE LAUNCHPAD WHEN WE PERFORMED A CHECK TO MAKE SURE THAT STARLINER'S GPS AND INFORM GAITION SYSTEMS AGREED IT WAS INDEED ON THE LAUNCHPAD, AFTER THE UPCOMING ORBITAL INSERTION BURNS, DEMONSTRATIONS WILL CONTINUE SO THAT FROWNED CONTROLLERS CAN ENSURE THE SPACECRAFT SYSTEMS ARE FUNCTIONING CORRECTLY.

WHEN THESE FIRST DEMOS ARE ITS PAST PATH TO THEILL RESUME INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND THE SYSTEMS HERE ARE TELLING US THAT THESE EARLY STEPS ARE COMPLETE AND STARLINER SYSTEMS ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO. >> WE STILL HAVE A FEW MINUTES BEFORE THAT ORBITAL INSERTION BURN, ABOUT 13 MINUTES UNTIL IT TAKES PLACE. SO LET'S GO BACK TO FLORIDA WHERE JOSH AND MARIE HAVE WATCHED A SPECTACULAR MORNING LIFTOFF. >> BRANDY, THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL LAUNCH FROM HERE IN FLORIDA, IT TOOK OFF RIGHT HERE BEHIND US, IT IS, YOU KNOW — TUN IS TING TO RISE, THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF A ROCKET PLUME LEFT OVER THERE BEHIND US. >> THE ROCKET LEFT BACK THERE, BUT I MEAN IT WAS STUNNING TO SEE, I MEAN, I KNOW YOU WEREN'T LOOKING FROM THIS VIEW BUT LOOKING MUCH CLOSER BUT WE JUST TURNED AROUND IN OUR SEATS TO WATCH IT HERE AND COULD FEEL THE RUMBLE AND I KNOW YOU DIDN'T SEE PEOPLE SELL BRAIFTING IN THE CONTROL ROOMS BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEIR JOB IS NOT DONE AT LIFTOFF, IT GOES BEYOND THAT, MUCH FURTHER, AND SO PEOPLE ARE, I THINK, NOW JUST BEGINNING TO BREATHE AGAIN, AND SO FOLKS ARE JUST SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT, I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE MISSION, BUT SUCH A HUGE MOMENTOUS OCCASION THIS MORNING.

>> AND WE ARE ACTUALLY HEARING THAT IN THE DMCC, TORY PEDRATI IS WITH LEWIS ATCHISON, STARLINER'S VERY FIRST LAUNCH CONDUCTOR AND SAW US THROUGH A SUCCESSFUL FIRST LAW, TORY AND LEWIS YOU HAVE TO BE FEELING PRETTY BED RIGHT NOW. >> YES, THANK YOU, JOSH, THAT IS — IT IS REALLY EXCELLENT TO HAVE LEWIS HERE AND TO HAV YOU KNOW, TAKE HIM AWAY FROM THE CONSOLE FOR JUST A MINUTE TO TALK WITH US. SO LEWIS I KNOW THAT YOU AND CHRIS FERGUSON HAVE BEEN VERY CLOSE THROUGH ENTIRE PROCESS. I MEAN ASKED TO CREATE THE LAUNCH PROCEDURES, CAN YOU GIVE US SOME DETAILS ABOUT THAT? >> SURE. I THINK AS YOU ALL KNOW, CHRIS HAS A VERY VESTED IN INTEREST IN HOW LAUNCH PROCEDURES WITH PUT TOGETHER. I STARTED WITH THE PROGRAM PROBABLY ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO ABOUT A YEAR IN I WAS STILL A FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER ON THE PROGRAM. I HAPPENED TO RUN INTO CHRIS ON THE VARIABLE ON THE WAY TO WORK ONE MORNING AND QUITE FRANKLY I DIDN'T KNOW HE KNE MY N, HE SAID, HEY, LEWIS IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SPARE TIME CAN YOU WORK AND MAYBE SEE IF YOU FIGURE OUT HOW THESE LAUNCH PROCEDURES WILL WORK FOR THE PROGRAM AND LIKE OH, SURE, SPARE TIME, I CAN FOINLD TIME TO GET UP ON LAUNCH PROCES.

SO THAT BEGAN BASICALLY A SIX-YEAR JOURNEY ON FINDING A UNIQUE WAY TO INTEGRATE THE UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE, ATLAS V LAUNCH PROCEDURE WHICH IS A TRIED AND TESTED LAUNCH PROCESS. WITH SOMETHING THAT HAD NEVER FLOWN BEFORE, OUR SPACE CAPSULE AND WE ARE A LOT DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF THE OTHER PAYLOADS THEY HAVE FLOWN SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WE HAVE TO MERGE SEVERAL DIFFERENT CULTURES, OUR FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM WHICH IS REALLY HOMEGROWN FROM NASA. OUR GROUND CONTROL TEAM WHICH IS HERE AT C 3 F THAT PERFORMS A LITTLE OF THE SPACECRAFT POWER UP ACTIVITIES. >> YES, I AM A FLORIDA LOCAL. >> SO WORKING THROUGH THOSE PROCESSES, PROCEDURES, AND FINDING A WAY TO INTEGRATE ALL OF THAT AND OH BY THE WAY WE HAVE TO FIND TIME TO LOAD A CREW ONE DAY.

AND SO TAKING THAT AND MARRYING THOSE TNGS UPO EVERYTHING COMES TOGETHER FOR AN INSTANTANEOUS LAUNCH WINDOW SO TODAY FORTUNATELY WE MADE OUR WINDOW, YOU KNOW, IT IS A FIRST FLIGHT PROGRAM, WE SAW CHALLENGES OVER THE EVENING BUT WE HAVE A WORLD CLASS TEAM HERE AND ABLE TO PULL THROUGH LITTLE THINGS WE WERE SEEING, FORTUNATELY WE HAD A GOOD TRAINING PROGRAM ALONGE WAY AND IT IS JUST AN INCREDIBLY EXCITING DAY. >> I NO. AND SEEING SO FAR A SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT HAS JUST BEEN ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES I HAVE HAD WORKING ON THIS PROGRAM PROGRAM. SO YOU MENTIONED, YOU KNOW, WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF SETBACKS, SOME ISSUES THAT WE NEEDED TO WORK THROUGH SO I AM GUESSING TODAY DIDN'T GO EXACTLY ACCORDING TO PLAN? >> NO FIRST FLIGHT DOES. >> WE WERE WORKING A COUPLE OF ISSUES WITH THE SUBCOMM SYSTEM,.

>> THE HATCH WE WERE ABLE TO — WHICH WE LEARNED ABOUT WHEN WE DID OUR INTEGRATED DAY LAUNCH TEST WHICH WAS ACTUALLY A FANTASTIC TEST. WE DID A COUPLE OF PRESSURE MODIFICATIONS. WE HAD TO BLEED A LITTLE PRESSURE OFF TO GET THE HATCH OPEN.YOU WOULD BE RISED HOW A LITTLE PRESSURE DIFFERENCE MIX A BIG DIFFERENCE, THE HEAD TEAM HERE AND RECOVERY TEAM THE DESERT WILL BE ABLE TO OPEN THAT SIDE HATCH PRETTY SEAMLESSLY. EXCELLENT AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A FLIGHT TEST TO LEARN THOSE THINGS, RIGHT? SO THIS IS THE REASON WHY WE TEST. >> I COMPLETELY GROW. AND THIS BEING THE FIRST LAUNCH THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A CONTROL CENTER RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAUNCH VEHICLE, WE HAVE ZIPPED ZIPPED, SIMMED .. FLOOR SHAKING AFTER THE ROCKET TOOK OFF TODAY SO IT WAS AN AMAZING ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE THIS MORNING. >> I COMPLETELY AGREE. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE TEAM, YOU KNOW, HERE IN FLORIDA BACK IN HOUSTON? ANYBODY WATCHING? >> SURE. SO FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE TO THANK MY FAMILY FOR ALL OF THE TIME, PATIENCE AND EFFORT THAT THAT WT IN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, WE WORK LOT OF LONG HOURS TO MAKE THOSE KIND OF THINGS HAPPEN AND I REALIZED THEY ARE AT HOME WATCHING EAGERLY, EXCITED ABOUT THE NEXT PART OF THE MISSION WHICH WILL BE THE RECOVERY OPERATION THAT IA PART OF D ALSO THE TEAM, RIGHT? THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST TEAM SPORTS YOU EVER POSSIBLY IMAGINE, AND IT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE TO MAKE ALL OF THIS HAPPEN AND A LOT OF PEOPLE NEED TO BE AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND KNOW THE RIGHT STUFF TO MAKE THIS INSTANTANEOUS CH HAPPEN AND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE PROGRAM.

THANK YOU, LEWIS, IT HAS BEEN GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE .. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME TO TALK TO US. >> THANK YOU. >> JOSH, MARIE, BACK TO YOU. >> THANK YOU. >> THANKS A LOT. >> THANKS SO MUCH, TORY. >> WELL, YOU KNOW, BEFORE WE GO BACK TO JSC I WANT TO EXTEND A MESSAGE TO EVERYONE WATCHING NOT HERE FROM FLORIDA, IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN A ROCKET LAUNCH BEFORE IT IS LIKE NOTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN AND IT QUITE LITERALLY LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER SUN IS RISING UP INTO THE SKY SO THE NEXT TIME DO WE THIS, THERE IS GOING TO BE PEOPLE ON BOARD, AND IF YOU IN THE STATES YOU DRIVE WN HERE TO FLORIND COME WATCH US FLY.

>> YES. JUST BE PREPARED FOR A LOT OF TRAFFIC. DON'T EXPECTS TO BE GOING ANYWHERE ANY TIME SOON AFTER LAUNCH BECAUSE WE EXPECT THE PLACE TO BE PRETTY JAMMED UP JUST LIKE IT WAS DURING THE SPACE SHUTTLE DAYS. >> YEAH. I THINK THERE WAS UPWARDS OF A MILLION PEOPL HERE. NOW, THIS IS ACTUALLY SOME VIDEO WE GOT OF THE PAD TEAM RIGHT AS THEY WERE CLOSING UP THE LIGHT ROOM SHOWING US THEIR ENTHUSIASM BEFORE THEY GOT OFF THE PAD. JUST TAKING A TEAM MOMENT TO REFLECT ON THE HISTORY OF THIS DAY. >> YES. >> I MEAN YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE IT WHEN WE ARE DOING THESE OPERATIONAL THINGS BUT THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES I MEAN SWRIEW THEM THAT EMBRACE THERE.

IT IS REALLY LIKE A FAMILY. NASA BOEING, ULA WE WORK SIDE BY SIDE TODAY EVERY DAY PEOPLE DOING THIS TOGET.NG HOURS AND EVERYBODY WORKING TOWARD A COMMON GOAL A AND YOU SAW THE CULMINATION OF THAT WHEN WE HAD THE INSTANTANEOUS LIFTOFF ON THE FIRST TRY. >> EXACTLY. YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU SAID IT IS VERY MUCH LIKE A PEOPLE, A LOT OF THESE FOLKS ARE GOING TO BE SPENDING CHRISTMAS, YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE STARLINER IS DOING WELL, ATTACHES TO THE ISS ICE, INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IT TAKES SO MUCH WORK AND DEDICATION TO DO WHAT THEY DO. >> AND WE WANT TO GO BACK OVER TO HOUSTON. WE ARE STANDING BY BEFORE TOO LONG STARLINER IS GOING TO BE IN ORBIT SO WE WANT TO GET AN UPDATE FROM STEVE AND BRANDY TO SEE HOW THINGS ARE GOING OVER TH. HI, GUYS. >> THANK YOU, FOLKS.

IT IS VERY — LOOKING VERY GOOD HERE IN HOUSTON. WE ARE ABOUT FIVE AND A HALF MINUTES AWAY FROM THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN THAT IS GOING TO LE-LIZE. >> IS FLYING OVER SOUTH EAST EUROPE AS IT BEGINS ITS CHASE ABOUT 25 MINUTES AGO .. DONE A CHASE OF THIS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> THAT'S RIGHT, THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WAS ABOUT 260 MILES OVER GREAT AUSTRALIAN BITE SOUTH OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA WHEN STARLINER LAUNCHED TODAY AND THE CREW MEMBERS ON BOARD WERE SENT UP SOME VIDEO OF THE LAUNCH SO I KNOW THEY WERE PROBABLY FOLLOWING ALONG AND CHEERING WITH EVERYBODY ON THE GROUND AS WELL. THEY ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING STARLINER DOCKED TO THE SPACE STATION TOMORROW.

>> IT IS GOING TO TAKE A LIT MORE THAN 24 HOURS OR THE STARLINER TO REACH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ON THIS OR ORBITAL FLIEFGHT TEST. THE REGULAR DOCKING SCENARIO WON'T TAKE THAT LONG WHEN THERE IS A CREW ON BOARD BUT SINCE THIS IS THE FIRST FLIGHT OF STARLINER WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALF THE SYSTEMS ARE WORKING, THAT EVERYTHING IS DOING WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO, AFTER ALL STARLINER IS ANYTHING ITSELF TO THIS, SO EVEN THOUGH IT IS GOING MACH RIGHT NOW, 17,000 MILES PER HOUR TO CATCH UP TO THE SPACE STATION, IT IS STILL GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME, MAKE SURE ALL OF TE SYSTEMS ARE WORKING THE WAY THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO AND MAKE SURE STARLINER KNOWS WHERE IT IS, AND WHERE IT IS GOING AND WILL REACH IT IN TIME.

>> THAT'S RIGHT. AND ABOUT FOUR MINUTES AWAY FROM THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN, THE TEAM HERE ON THE GROUND IS FOLLOWING ALONG MAKE INSURING ALL THE SYSTEMS ARE HOO HOOKING UP AND TALKINGE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO AS WE GET CLOSER TO THAT, THAT WILL BE ABOUT A 42ND BURN, AND AGAIN MOVING THE STARLINER INTO THE RIGHT ORBIT TO CATCH UP WITH THE SPACE STATION. >> AND IT IS GOING TO BE THE 4 MACH ENGINES ON STARLINER. THEY ARE ORBIT MANEUND CONTROL ENGINES, 1,500 POUNDS OF THRUST EACH, SO COMBINED 6,000 POUND KICK TO PUSH STARLINER A LITTLE BIT HIGHER, A LITTLE BIT FASTER, RAISE THE ORBIT AND GET EVERYTHING TOGETHER OF COURSE THOSE ENGINES WILL PLAY BIG ROLE THROUGHOUT THE NEXT 24 HOURS AS THE STARLINER MAKES ITS RUN AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. >> WE ARE NOW ABOUT THREE MINUTES AND 14 SECONDS AWAY FROM THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN. THIS OF COURSE FOLLOWS A TERRIFICNCH THIS MORNING AND THE POWER OF THE ATLAS V, PUTTING STARLINER ON THE EXACT RIGHT COURSE AND SPEEDING IT FROM ZERO TO ORBITAL VELOCITY, IN JUST ABOUT 11 AND A HALF MINUTES, I THINK OF POWERED FLIGHT.

AMAZING HOW LITTLE TIME IT TAKES TO GET TO SPACE. >> SO CONTROLLERS HERE ARE LOG CAREFULLY AT ALL OF THEIR, LOOKING CAREFULLY AT ALL OF THEIR SYSTEMS, IS IT IS VERY QUIET IN THE CONTROL ROM WHICH IS ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN, THAT MEANS THE CONTROLLERS ARE H DOWN, WATCHING OVER THE SYSTEMS, AND KEEPING TRACK OF EVERYTHING SHAFT GOING ON, JUST ABOVE THE MIDEAST NOW. EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON . WE ARE ALSO SEEING HERE THAT STARLINER'S REACTION CONTROL ENGINES, THERE ARE FINE ADJUSTMENTS 100-POUND CLASS ENGINES ARE MAKING SMALL ADJUSTMENTS AS STARLINER ADJUSTS ITSITUDE MOVING ABOVE EARTH.

LESS THAN TWO HUNTS TO GO UNTIL THAT BURN. AND YOU SEE HERE THE CONTROL ROOM HERE IN HOUSTON STARLINER MISSION CONTROL, THIS IS OF COURSE A FLIGHT CONTROL ROOM THAT HAS BEEN USED BEFORE FOR NASA MISSION BUTS IS THE INAUGURAL STARLINER MISSION SO IT IS THE FIRST THAT IT BEEN US FOR THIS BOEING SPACECRAFT. AND OF COURSE CONTROLLERS ARE USED TO THIS ROOM AND HAVE SPENT A NUMBER OF — A NUMBER OF HOURS IN HERE DOING SIMULATIONS AND EVERYTHING. IT IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL CREW AND MANY OF THESE FOLKS ARE VETERANS OF THE SHUTTLE MISSIONS, CERTAINLY RICHARD JONES, FLIGHT DIRECTOR WHO IS OVERSEEING THIS ASCENT AND ENTRY TEAM. AND WE ARE LESS THAN A MINUTE AWAY FROM THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN. FLIGHT CONTROLLER IS HERE. WE ARE NOT HAVING ANY TECHNICAL ISSUES. THE ENGINES ARETING IN POSITION TO MAKE THAT 42ND FIRING THAT WILL KRIRK-LIZE STARLINER'S ORBIT AND CONTINUE ITS CLAYS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WHICH IS ITSELF CURRENTLY COMING UP ON CENTRAL AMERICA. AND CONTROLLERS ARE MANEUVERING STARLINER INTO THE RIGHT ATTITUDE FOR THIS ORBITAL INSERTION BURN. CONTROLLERS WATCHING THE SYSTEMS SYSTEMS. AND THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN HAS BEEN DELAYED.

CONTROLLERS ARE WCHING THE ATTITUDE OF STARLINER AS IT POSITIONS ITSELF. AND LOOKING AT THE SPACECRAFT IN FLIGHT. >> ONCE AGAIN THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE PLACE ABOUT FIVE AND A HALF MINUTES AGO HAS BEEN DELAYED AS THE TEAM HERE ON THE GROUND IS SEEING STARLINER NOT IN CORT ATTITUDE FOR IT. THEY ARE WORKING THROUGH THAT AND WILL BE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT CHANCE TO GET THAT DONE. CURRENTLY STARLINER IS USING ITS 100-POUND CLASS THRUSTERS TO MANEUVER IN SPACE. WE ARE 37 MINUTES INTO THIS FIRST FLIGHT OF STARLINER. AND FLIGHT CONTROLLERS ARE SEEING WHAT THE ENGINES OF COURSE 1,500 POUND CLASS THRUST EACH ONE OF THEM, THERE ARE FOUR OF THEM ON STARLINER. THAT'S WHAT THEY WILL USE TO COMPLETE THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN. TEAM NEAR STARLINER MISSION CONTROL STILL WORKING THROUGH SOME STEPS TO TRY AND GET STARLINER IN THE RIGHT ATTITUDE FOR THE ORBITAL INSERTION BURN. WORKING ON THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT AND LOOKING TO GET STARLINER IN A GOOD POSITION FOR THAT.

AND FLIGHT DIRECTOR RICHARD JONES REPORTS THAT WE ARE A STABLE ORBIT, STARLINER IS IN A STABLE ORBIT. AGAIN STARLINER IS NOW IN A STABLE ORBIT. THEY HAVE GOT IT IN A STABLE POSITION, BUT THE TEAMS HERE ON THE GROUND ARE WORKING THROUGH WHAT THE BEST NEXT STEPS FOR STARLINER SHOULD BE. AND RICHARD JONES REPORTS THAT HIS FLIGHT CONTROLLERS ARE TURNING THE STARLINER SPACECRAFT TO THE, WHAT WE CALL THE TAIL SUN POSITION. THAT MEANS SOLAR ARRAYS WILL BE POINTING TO THE SUN TO RECHARGE THE BATTERIES ON STARLINER. AND OF COURSE TO FOUR SYSTEMS ON THE SPACECRAFT. STARLINER IS IN A STABLE ORBIT.

TO POWER THE SYSTEMS ON THE SPACECRAFT. >> AND FLIGHT CONTROLLERS ARE WORKING THROUGH ALL THE OPTIONS AT DISPOSAL AS THIS MANEUVER TO PUT STARLINER IN A TAIL SUN POSITION TAKES PLACE. STARLINER'S FLIGHTPATH AND ORBIT ARE BOTH STABLE. AND WE DO HAVE AN OFF NOMINAL INSERTION REPORTED. WE HAVE SPACECRAFT CONTROL. GUIDANCE AND CONTROL TEAMS ARE ASSESSING THEIR NEXT MANEUVERS. SPACECRAFT BATTERIES ARE GOOD. AND THE SPACECRAFT IS IN A STABLE ORBIT. MISSION CONTROL, WHERE FLIGHT CONTROLLERS ARE WORKING THROUGH WHAT THE NEXT STEPS FOR STARLINER SHOULD BE. YOU SEE FLIT DIRECTO RICHARD JONES STANDING UP THERE BEHIND FLIGHT DIRECTOR CONSOLE TALKING WITH HIS TEAM MEMBERS HERE IN THE ROOM. >> >> AND ONCE AGAIN, WE HAVE HAD ANFF NOMINAL INSERTION. WE HAVE SPACECRAFT CONTROL, GUIDANCE AND CONTROL TEAMS HERE AT STARLINER MISSION CONTROL. OUR, THEY ARE ASSESSING OPTIONS, ASSESSING ALL OF THEIR OPTIONS AND CONTEMPLATING THE NEXT MANEUVERS FOR THE SPACECRAFT.

STARLINER H GOOD BATTERIES AND IS IN A STABLE ORBIT. >> AND FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM ALSO REPORTING STARLINER DID FINISH MOVING INTO THAT TAIL SUN POSITION THAT WILL ALLOW ITS BATTERIES TO RECHARGE . . . >> And once again, we have had an off nominal insertion. We have spacecraft control, guidance and control teams here at Starliner mission control. Our, they are assessing options, assessing all of their options and contemplating the next maneuvers for the spacecraft. Starliner has good batteries and is in a stable orbit. >> And flight control team also reporting Starliner did finish moving into tail sun position that will allow its batteries to recharge. . . . ♪ ♪ ♪ AND ONCE AGAIN, IF YOU JUST JOINING US, S LIFTED OFF FROM CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA THIS MORNING AT 6:36 A.M. CENTRAL TIME TO BEGIN ITS CHASE OF THE ICE ICE — INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER WE HAVE SINCE EXPERIENCED AN OFF NOMINAL INSERTION AND THE SPACECRAFT HAS ESSENTIALLY — IS IN A STABLE POSITION. IT IS FULLY POWERED. MISSION CONTROL HERE IN HOUSTON IS ASSESSING ALL OF THE OPTIONS. WE ARE GOING TO STEP AWAY FROM THE BROADCAST AND YOU CAN STAY UPDATED ON EVERYTHING THAT IS TAKING PLACE WITH THE S MISSION ON BOEING.COM.

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