NASA to air Boeing Starliner abort test

NASA TV will live a massive abort test this week.

Harry Marcolis | Nov 04, 2019

NASA is kicking up the TV volume to high.

The U.S. space agency has announced it will stream a CST-100 Starliner abort test on Monday, Nov. 4, from Launch Complex 32 at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

"The test is 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. During the test, Starliner's four launch abort engines and several orbital maneuvering and attitude control thrusters will fire, pushing the spacecraft approximately 1 mile above land and 1 mile north of the test stand," the agency said in a statement.

The abort test is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program work with the American aerospace industry, part of a partnership between the government and private industry.

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