Starliner Launch Brings Learning to Life

This post was written by Elizabeth Jones, a member of the FLVS social media team.

I recently had the opportunity to watch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner make its debut flight to the International Space Station. This was a great opportunity to see the impacts of career and technical education in action!

As part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, this was the first uncrewed Orbital Flight Test for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner. The Starliner’s mission was to dock with the International Space Station and test various systems – bringing it one step closer to becoming an astronaut spacecraft. The Starliner launched atop the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on Friday, Dec. 20 at 6:36 AM EST.

Prior to launch, I had the opportunity to tour the Kennedy Space Center facilities to learn more about Boeing’s Starliner. On my tour, I visited areas used to prepare vehicles for their trip to space, including the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF), and the gate of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41.

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