HBCU flags and ‘Rosie’ coins among Boeing Starliner OFT-2 cargo

Rosie the Riveter celebratory coins are prepared for their flight on the 2nd orbital flight test of Boeings Starliner. (Image credit: Boeing) Rosie the Riveter commemorative coins will also make the journey to area on OFT-2.
The coins were produced to celebrate in 2015s passage of the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act, which honors almost 19 million American women who increased up and filled a crucial gap in the aerospace industry as men went off to combat in World War II. The coins, which were created to recognize the effect of Rosie Riveters and motivate future generations, will be utilized post-flight to commemorate trainee and Boeing employee accomplishments in science, mathematics, engineering and innovation (STEM).
The coins and other mementos of what Boeing hopes will be an effective flight will likewise work as ballast, standing in for the mass of a four-person team.
” The cargo is incredibly crucial when considering the weight and center of mass of the vehicle. Every piece contributes,” Dee Dobson, a Boeing systems engineering professional who assisted pack and weigh the freight as part of Starliners team and freight accommodations team, stated.
The practice of carrying souvenirs on U.S. spacecraft can be traced back to the first satellites and lorries sent out into space. Comparable mementos have been introduced on many uncrewed and all crewed objectives into Earth orbit, to the moon and the International Space Station.
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(345 kilograms) of freight and materials flying on the Starliner. (200 kg), will consist of food and other items for the astronauts now on the space station.
Starliner will also provide clothing, sleeping bags and other arrangements for Crew Flight Test (CFT) astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore, Nicole Mann and Mike Fincke in anticipation of their follow-on objective to the area station. The OFT-2 and CFT missions are crucial turning points on Boeings course towards flying crews for NASA, as they total and go beyond the goals that were missed on the problem-plagued OFT-1 flight in 2019.
To celebrate moving from uncrewed to astronaut missions, Boeing will fly a U.S. flag on OFT-2 that will remain on the station until it is reminded Earth by the CFT crew.

The colorful banners from 14 traditionally black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have actually been packed along with Rosie the Riveter medallions and Silver Snoopy pins on board the Starliner capsule, which is set to make a second effort at reaching the International Space Station on Boeings uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2).
” By representing HBCUs on our Starliner mission, we are demonstrating our commitment to working with these institutions to advance equity and addition and aid ensure a bright future for their students,” David Calhoun, Boeings president and CEO, said in a declaration provided Thursday (June 17). “Closing representation gaps in our company and our market is a priority for Boeing, and inspiring diverse trainees to pursue careers in aerospace is a vital part of that effort.”
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Flags and banners for traditionally black colleges and universities (HBCUs) await being packed for the second orbital flight test of Boeings CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, slated for July 30. (Image credit: Boeing) Other American flags will fly alongside those from the HBCUs, remaining on the Starliner for the entire OFT-2 flight. The represented universities are: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium; Alabama A&M University; Florida A&M University; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Morgan State University in Maryland; North Carolina A&T; Prairie View A&M University in Texas; Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana; South Carolina State University; Tennessee State University and Tuskegee University in Alabama.
A couple of other schools where Boeing has recruitment partnerships will also be represented on the objective, including Allen University in South Carolina, where the company is developing the Boeing Institute on Civility. The institute will be a nationwide center for teaching and programs targeted at advancing civil discourse in America and across the world.
Additional celebratory freight on OFT-2 will consist of Silver Snoopy pins, which are presented by NASA astronauts to those who directly add to the success of human spaceflights, and an ID card signed and utilized by Boeings creator, Bill Boeing, to take a trip the U.S. by air. The exact same card previously flew on board OFT-1.
” As I looked at the card, I wondered if [Bill Boeing] would have believed we d go this far and construct our own spacecraft and would he take pride in us,” said Melanie Weber, subsystem lead for team and freight accommodations. “I hope that he is.”
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Pins, spots and flags representing the varied history of the United States and its area expedition efforts will be on board the next launch of Boeings CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, the aerospace business has actually revealed.

Boeing technicians fill a plan of mementos aboard the Orbital Flight Test-2 Starliner capsule in preparation for its launch. (Image credit: Boeing) The OFT-2 launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida is targeted for July 30.

The HBCU flags and other mementos will be part of the roughly 760 pounds. (345 kgs) of freight and materials flying on the Starliner. (200 kg), will include food and other products for the astronauts now on the space station.
(Image credit: Boeing) Other American flags will fly together with those from the HBCUs, remaining on the Starliner for the whole OFT-2 flight. The represented universities are: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium; Alabama A&M University; Florida A&M University; Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Morgan State University in Maryland; North Carolina A&T; Prairie View A&M University in Texas; Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana; South Carolina State University; Tennessee State University and Tuskegee University in Alabama.