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[ MUSIC ] >> TODAY, WE’RE AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, WHERE WE ARE DOING SOME REALLY AMAZING THINGS IN JUST A FEW DAYS, WE’RE GONNA LAUNCH THE BOEING STARLINER WITH THE COMPLETION OF THIS TEST, WE WILL BE ONE STEP CLOSER TO LAUNCHING AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS, ON AMERICAN ROCKETS FROM AMERICAN SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE RETIREMENT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLES IN 2011 [ MUSIC ] >> ALL RIGHT, WELL GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME TO, UH, THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, AMERICA’S PREMIERE MULTI-USER SPACEPORT IT IS ABSOLUTELY GREAT HERE TODAY GETTING READY FOR, UH, BOEING’S COMMERCIAL CREW LAUNCH OF THE STARLINER UH, I CAN’T– I CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE AT KSC I THINK IT’S PRETTY AMAZING WHEN YOU LOOK OUT AT ALL THAT’S GOIN’ ON AND TODAY WE’VE GOT OUR NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE AND THIS AWESOME BOEING COMMERCIAL CREW COTERIE >> I REMEMBER IT WASN’T TOO LONG AGO, IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE SPACE SHUTTLES WERE GONNA RETIRE, UH, THE CONSTELLATION PROGRAM WAS GONNA BE CANCELED, AND OF COURSE HERE AT THE SPACE COAST IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, UH, THERE WAS A LOTTA CONCERNS AND A LOTTA FAMILIES WERE HURTING BUT BOB, BECAUSE OF YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE GREAT THINGS YOU’VE DONE, YOU’VE TRANSFORMED THIS FACILITY INTO A MULTI-USER SPACEPORT, WHERE WE’VE GOT COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES HAPPENING SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES THESE ARE VERY EXCITING TIMES FOR THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VERY EXCITING TIMES FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA >> HOW ARE YOU, SIR? >> HEY, GOOD TO SEE YOU >> GOOD TO SEE YOU THANKS FOR BEIN’ HERE >> KATIE >> GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN, SIR >> GOOD TO SEE YOU ALWAYS HOW ARE YA? >> GOOD >> EXCELLENT >> WELCOME >> HEY, JIM HOW ARE YOU DOING? >> GREAT TO SEE YA >> AWESOME, THANK YOU >> WELCOME TO THE STARLINER HIGH BAY, WHERE THE SPACESHIPS ARE BORN >> IT’S PRETTY AMAZING, ISN’T IT? >> YEAH >> TELL ME ABOUT THESE, UH, WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT HERE? >> LET ME START OVER HERE THAT IS A SPACECRAFT THAT JUST FLEW OUR PAD ABORT TEST >> YEAH >> AND WITH THAT, WE PROVED THAT THE GUIDANCE SYSTEM TALKS TO THRUSTERS AND, UH, THE COME HOME SYSTEM ALL WORKS GREAT >> YEAH >> SO WE’RE CONFIDENT TO GO PRESS ONTO ORBIT >> SO THAT’S THAT VEHICLE? >> THAT’S THE ONE >> THAT’S THE VERY ONE >> AND WE HAVE A LITTLE TRADITION ON A SPACECRAFT GOING TO SPACE, YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING TOO FUNKY THIS ONE CAME HOME AND THE TEAM HAS SIGNED IT >> OH, WOW >> THEY’VE SAID, THAT’S OUR WORK >> OKAY >> AND I’M WONDERING IF YOU WOULD DO US THE HONOR OF REPRESENTING THE NASA TEAMMATES >> I WOULD LOVE TO >> AND COME ON UP AND SIGN IT WOULD YA? >> ALL RIGHT, LET’S DO IT >> THIS WAS A TEST VEHICLE CAN I SHOW YOU THE FIRST ONE TO CARRY PEOPLE? >> ABSOLUTELY >> LET’S GO TALK TO CHRIS FERGUSON HE’S GONNA FLY IN IT >> OKAY >> HEY, CHRIS >> HOW ARE YOU DOING? >> GOOD TO SEE YOU >> IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU >> ABSOLUTELY >> SO THIS IS, UH, THIS IS NUMBER TWO OF THREE UH, THESE CAPSULES ARE MOSTLY AUTONOMOUS >> OKAY >> UH, WHICH MEANS THEY SORT OF LAUNCH AND THEY’RE ABLE TO FIND THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AND DOCK WITH IT WITH LITTLE OR NO ASSISTANCE FROM AN ASTRONAUT HOWEVER, THERE IS THE SYSTEM IN PLACE IN CASE THE ASTRONAUT NEEDS TO TAKE OVER WHERE THEY CAN GUIDE IT AND MANUALLY DOCK IT IF NEED BE >> OKAY >> WITH AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE, WE ARE LARGELY A MONITOR WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THINGS GO OFF AS THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO, AND THEN AN ACTION IF IT WAS INTENDED, IS IN FACT COMPLETED AND THE WAY WE MANAGE THAT IS WE ACTUALLY WATCH THE SCRIPT EXECUTE RIGHT ON THE SCREEN >> SO CHRIS, YOU PERSONALLY ARE GONNA FLY ON THIS VEHICLE AND MAYBE MULTIPLE TIMES INTO THE FUTURE I MEAN, WHO KNOWS? AND THIS IS HISTORIC YOU AS A BOEING ASTRONAUT ARE REALLY BLAZING A TRAIL >> I THINK THAT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING THAT WE’LL SEE A LOT MORE OF YOU KNOW, EARLY ON, WE HAD MILITARY PILOTS WORK HAND-IN-HAND WITH THE GOVERNMENT TEST PILOTS TO DEVELOP AIRPLANES AND I THINK WHAT YOU’RE SEEING NOW IS JUST THE EXTENSION OF THAT >> AS OUR– AS A– AS A NATION, AS ON– AS-AS AN AGENCY, WE NEED TO SEE A LOT MORE COMMERCIAL, UH, ASTRONAUTS AND A LOT MORE COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES IN SPACE ULTIMATELY BECAUSE THAT’S HOW– THAT’S HOW THE FUTURE IS GONNA BE UH, WE NEED TO SEE LINES OF EFFORT THAT INCLUDE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIALIZED BIO-MEDICINE IN SPACE, WITH A LOT OF THE CAPITAL COMING NOT FROM JUST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER, BUT CAPITAL COMING FROM PRIVATE INDUSTRY IMPROVING THE LIVES OF HUMANS HERE ON EARTH AND THAT’S WHAT THE COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY IS ALL ABOUT AND THAT’S WHY WE NEED COMMERCIAL ASTRONAUTS [ MUSIC ]

>> SO THIS-THIS– THE VEHICLE THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW IS CALLED THE ASTRO VAN T-TELL ME, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT? >> THIS IS, UH– THIS IS THE SECOND GENERATION OF ASTRO VAN THIS IS WHAT WE’LL USE TO TAKE THE-THE NASA ASTRONAUTS FROM CREW QUARTERS, WHICH IS IN, UH, THE INDUSTRIAL OFFICE AREA, ABOUT SEVEN MILES OR SO OUT TO THE LAUNCH PAD >> OKAY >> SO, TAKES ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO GET THERE AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS USED TO SAY IT’S ONE OF THE LONGEST, LONELIEST RIDES YOU’LL, YOU KNOW– YOU’LL EVER TAKE IN A– IN AN AIRSTREAM TRAILER BUT, UH, AND IT WAS INTERESTING, ALONG THE WAY YOU DROP OFF VARIOUS PEOPLE AND THEN YOU REALIZE THE ONLY PEOPLE LEFT ON THE VAN WHEN YOU GOT TO THE LAUNCH PAD WAS THE CREW [ CHUCKLING ] SO, UH, WE ALWAYS USED TO JOKE THAT THE SMART ONES GOT OFF [ CHUCKLING ] >> SO, TORY, WE’RE AT SLC-41 UH, TELL US, WHAT IS SLC-41 AND WHAT DO WE HAVE BEHIND US? >> SO, SLC-41 IS THE HOME OF THE MIGHTY ATLAS ROCKET THIS’LL BE OUR 81st LAUNCH OF THIS ROCKET SO THIS GIANT MANIFOLD HERE IS PART OF OUR ACOUSTIC SUPPRESSION SYSTEM IT’S GONNA SPRAY WATER UNMISTAKABLE WHEN YOU SEE THE LAUNCH GO OFF YOU’LL SEE ALL THAT WATER MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT’S FOR FIRE, BUT REALLY THE INTERESTING THING IS IT’S NOT, IT’S FOR SOUND BECAUSE WHEN THE ROCKET CLEARS THAT LAUNCH PAD, THE SOUND COMING OUT OF THOSE ROCKET MOTORS AND ROCKET ENGINE IS SO LOUD, IF IT REFLECTED BACK OFF THIS PAD, IT WOULD DAMAGE THE SPACECRAFT IN FACT, IF YOU COULD STAND HERE AND SOMEHOW SURVIVE THE FIRE, THE SOUND ALONE WOULD KILL YOU >> OH, WOW! >> AND SO ALL OF THAT WATER PRESENT ON THE PAD ABSORBS THE ACOUSTIC ENERGY AND PROTECTS OUR PAYLOAD >> WELL, MAKE SURE THAT WATER WORKS CAN WE DO THAT? >> I WILL ABSOLUTELY DOUBLE CHECK IT >> GOOD >> NOW, THOSE BIG, WHITE CYLINDERS YOU SEE ON THE SIDE ARE SOLID ROCKET MOTORS THEY GIVE US EXTRA IMPULSE COMING UP OFF THE PAD THAT’S A LOT OF PROPELLANT, AND IT’S GONNA GENERATE EACH ONE OF THOSE ALMOST 400,000 POUNDS OF THRUST IN THE CENTER OF THAT BIG TUBE IN THE MIDDLE, THE BRONZE COLORED ONE, THAT’S OUR MAIN PROPELLANT TANK FOR THE CENTER CORE WE CAN STEP UP HERE SO THAT’S THE REAL McCOY ALL 109,000 POUNDS OF SOLID PROPELLANT >> HMM >> AND THAT’S A HECK OF A VIEW! >> IT’S PRETTY AWESOME >> YEAH 190 FEET, STRAIGHT UP >> HELLO! >> MR. ADMINISTRATOR >> HI! >> WELCOME TO THE 12th FLOOR >> THANK YOU, IT’S GOOD TO BE HERE >> SIR, GOOD TO SEE YOU! >> NICOLE, GOOD TO SEE YOU GUYS I’LL TELL YOU IT– IT LOOKS TALL FROM THE GROUND, BUT WHEN YOU’RE UP HERE, IT FEELS A LOT TALLER THAN IT LOOKS FROM THE GROUND ESPECIALLY WITH THESE WINDS! BOY, I TELL YA YOU CAN REALLY FEEL THE WIND WHEN YOU’RE UP HERE, AND I CAN IMAGINE MAYBE TOMORROW THE WIND WON’T BE SO HIGH, BUT, UM, CERTAINLY I CAN IMAGINE WHEN YOU– WHEN YOU GO ACROSS THIS– YOU KNOW, I KNOW IT’S AN ACCESS ARM, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE A VERY NARROW CAT WALK, IF YOU ASK ME! >> WELL, WE’LL BE COMING OUT HERE IN OUR SPACE SUITS >> YEAH >> AND WE’RE GONNA BE– EVEN THOUGH WE’RE STEELY, YOU KNOW, AVIATORS, UH, WE’RE STILL GONNA HAVE, UH, A LOT OF EMOTIONS THIS IS OUR LAST MOMENTS ON PLANET EARTH BEFORE WE GO LAUNCH INTO SPACE >> YEAH >> AND THE WINDS ARE ACTUALLY A BLESSING ‘CAUSE IN SPACE STATION, THERE IS NO WIND, RIGHT? >> RIGHT! >> AND SO EVERYTHING’S THE SAME ALL THE TIME AND THEN HERE, WE’RE GETTING LIKE A KISS FROM MOTHER EARTH >> YEAH >> AS WE, UH, GET READY SO WE WALK ACROSS HERE, WE WALK DOWN THIS ACCESS ARM WE CAN FEEL– WE CAN FEEL THE POSITIVE ENERGY FROM ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WORKED SO HARD ON THIS MISSION AND THEN WE GO IN AND CLOSE THOSE DOORS WE’RE JUST FEELING PROUD, WE’RE FEELING S– A LITTLE BIT SCARED, A LITTLE BIT, UH, ANXIOUS, BUT WE’RE LIKE, TOTALLY TRUSTING OUR TRAINING, WE’RE TOTALLY TRUSTING TEAM NASA, TEAM BOEING, AND THE UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE >> SO OF COURSE YOU CAN SEE STARLINER, UM, SITTING THERE ON TOP AND THAT’S WHERE, UH, SPANKY AND I AND FERGY, WHEN WE CLIMB IN THROUGH THE CREW ACCESS ARM RIGHT INTO THE SIDE HATCH, WE GO, UH, TO STARLINER ON THE TOP OF THAT IS THE IVA HATCH, AND THAT’S WHAT’S GONNA DOCK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION UM, BENEATH STARLINER YOU CAN SEE THE SERVICE MODULE THAT’S WHERE IT HAS A LOT OF OUR LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM, OUR CROP, THE ENGINES WHILE WE’RE ORBITING, UM, AND MANEUVERING IN SPACE AND THEN BELOW THAT, YOU CAN SEE THIS AMAZING ATLAS FLIGHT ROCKET >> WELL, I’LL TELL YOU, WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING IS GONNA INSPIRE THE NATION UH, BUT NOT JUST OUR NATION, ALSO PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD THAT ARE GONNA BE WATCHING THIS SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO >> THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY >> THANK YOU >> THANK YOU SIR, WE’LL DO WELL >> ALL RIGHT >> SUNI, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? >> SO WE’RE AT SPACECRAFT LAUNCH COMPLEX 41, STANDING IN THE SHADOW OF THE ATLAS V WITH THE STARLINER ON TOP WITH THE CREW ACCESS ARM CONNECTED TO IT READY, ACTUALLY, FOR PEOPLE TO EVENTUALLY GET ON BOARD WE GOT ROSIE THE-THE MANNEQUIN INSIDE THAT, UH, IS INSTRUMENTED AND SO IT– WE’RE GONNA GET SOME DATA TO SEE WHAT OUR RIDE’S GONNA BE LIKE WHEN JOSH AND I ACTUALLY GET TO FLY ON THIS THING,

UM, PROBABLY AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR >> GREAT AND JOSH, UM, WHAT’S YOUR ROLE IN THIS? >> UH, TO NOT MESS ANYTHING UP IS THE– IS THE GOAL TODAY UM, THIS IS THE CAPSULE THAT, UH, SUNI AND I ARE GONNA HAVE A CHANCE TO FLY IN, UH, ALONG WITH TWO OTHERS AND SO WE’RE FOLLOWING THE WHOLE PROCESS, UH, FROM BEGINNING TO END UH, AND YOU KNOW, FROM LAUNCH TOMORROW MORNING TO DOCKING THE NEXT DAY, AND TO LANDING A WEEK AND A HALF LATER FOR ME, IT’S JUST A, UH, A SITUATION WHERE I FIND MYSELF PINCHING MYSELF IT’S JUST, UH– IT’S INCREDIBLE TO SEE THIS HAPPEN WE’RE LIVING SCIENCE FICTION IT’S-IT’S REALLY HAPPENING RIGHT HERE >> WE’VE ACTUALLY DONE A LOT OF ENGINEERING WORK, UM, WITH THE BOEING TEAM TO WORK ON THE SOFTWARE SO WHEN THE HUMANS ARE INTERACTING, THEY’VE GOT THAT SITUATIONAL AWARENESS OF ALL THE AUTOMATION THAT’S PROCESSING IN THE SPACECRAFT, AND HOW WE WOULD RECOGNIZE IF THERE WAS AN ISSUE OR A PROBLEM AND HOW WE WOULD INTERACT WITH IT >> WE’RE LOOKING AT WHERE OUR FUTURE IS WE HAVE A 400 BILLION DOLLAR SPACE ECONOMY WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS LEADING THE WAY FOR THAT SPACE ECONOMY LOWERING THE COST OF SPACE TRAVEL AND PROVIDING MORE ACCESS TO MORE HUMANS ON EARTH TO GET TO SPACE IT’S ABOUT EXPANDING THE HUMAN CONDITION BY FINDING NEW KNOWLEDGE AND I’M JUST SO PROUD TO BE WITH YOU, BUT THAT’S WHAT– THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE SO I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU’RE DOING >> THIS IS A NEW ERA IN HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT AND THERE’S A NUMBER OF REASONS WHY THIS DAY IS SO IMPORTANT WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF LAUNCHING, ONCE AGAIN, AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS ON AMERICAN ROCKETS FROM AMERICAN SOIL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011, THE RETIREMENT OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE SO THIS IS A BIG DAY! >> HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SEEN A ROCKET LAUNCH BEFORE? CAN I GET A SHOW OF HANDS? AW MAN, YOU GOT– OKAY, HOW MANY HAVE NOT? LET ME PUT IT THAT WAY THAT’S– THIS IS THE GROUP I WANT TO TALK TO [ LAUGHTER ] ALL RIGHT? ANY TIME A ROCKET SHIP LEAVES PLANET EARTH, IT IS AN EXPERIENCE– I DON’T CARE WHAT’S ON IT AND, UM, YOU-YOU SEE IT, YOU FEEL IT, YOU EXPERIENCE IT IT’S EMOTIONAL! >> WELCOME THIS MORNING TO NASA’S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IN FLORIDA >> STARLINER IS NEARLY READY FOR OUR ON-CREW TO ORBITAL FLIGHT TEST YOU CAN SEE IT OVER OUR SHOULDER IT’S LIT UP ON THE LAUNCH PAD >> TEN, NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE >> OH MY GOD >> AND LIFTOFF THE RISE OF STARLINER, A NEW ERA IN HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT [ ROCKETS FIRING ] [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] >> AND ATLAS V IS NOW TRAVELING AT OVER FIVE TIMES THE SPEED OF SOUND AND WE HAVE THE ECO-BOOSTER ENGINE CUT OFF, STANDING BY FOR STAGE SEPARATION AND WE HAVE GOOD INDICATION OF STAGE SEPARATION [ APPLAUSE ] [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] >> WE HAD A GREAT LAUNCH THIS MORNING AND THE STARLINER IS NOW IN ORBIT AROUND THE EARTH, AND THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU HERE AT BOEING HAVE DONE WITH YOUR PARTNERS AT NASA THAT’S IMPORTANT AND IT NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED AND I KNOW, I SEE AS I LOOK AROUND, I SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE CONCERNED AND WORRIED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE INSERTION BURN DID NOT GO ACCORDING TO PLAN AND IT’S OF COURSE A CONCERN TO ME, AS WELL IT’S A CONCERN TO ALL OF US BUT-BUT HERE’S WHY WE TEST, BECAUSE WE’RE GONNA LEARN THINGS AND FROM WHAT WE LEARNED, WE’RE GONNA MAKE CHANGES AND WE WILL MOVE FORWARD THAT’S WHAT WE DO UM, AND SO THIS IS A– THIS IS A GOOD DAY IT’S A GOOD DAY

>> WE TRAIN EXTENSIVELY FOR THIS TYPE OF CONTINGENCY AND, HAD WE BEEN ON BOARD, THERE-THERE COULD HAVE BEEN ACTIONS THAT WE COULD HAVE TAKEN BUT THIS VEHICLE IS A NEW LEVEL OF AUTOMATION THAT WE’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND SO, WHAT WE’RE REALLY DOING IS WE’RE TESTING THAT AUTOMATION, AND THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE TEST PILOTS ON BOARD, ESPECIALLY FOR THESE EARLY MISSIONS THAT’S OUR JOB, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TRAINED TO DO WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO FLYING ON STARLINER UH, WE DON’T HAVE ANY SAFETY CONCERNS EVERYTHING ON THE ASCENT, ALL THE SYSTEMS THAT WOULD KEEP US SAFE HAVE FUNCTIONED PROPERLY ON, UH, THE LAUNCH AND CURRENTLY ON THE VEHICLE WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ALL THE TEST DATA, AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO LANDING AT WHITE SANDS >> GOOD MORNING FROM STARLINER MISSION CONTROL IN HOUSTON IT’S DECEMBER 22nd, 2019, AND WE THINK THIS WILL BE A DAY TO REMEMBER >> WE HAVE CHOSE THE LONGEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR TO BRING STARLINER HOME HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE TO EVERYONE STARLINER FLIGHT CONTROL TEAMS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK TO GET STARLINER SET UP FOR A SAFE LANDING, AND TODAY IS THE DAY ENTIRE TEAM HERE IN THE ROOM IS, UH, QUIETLY WATCHING MAKING SURE ALL THE SYSTEMS CONTINUE TO LOOK GOOD >> AND WE SEE THREE MAIN CHUTES THREE MAIN CHUTES THREE MAIN CHUTES WE SEE THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE AS STARLINER DESCENDS BASE HEAT SHIELD HAS JETTISONED, THAT WAS THE BASE HEAT SHIELD FALLING AWAY AS PLANNED AIRBAGS ARE INFLATING >> AND THAT IS THE LAST OF THE MILESTONES, SO NOW ALL THAT’S LEFT IS FOR STARLINER TO FLOAT DOWN TO THE SURFACE OF THE DESERT >> AND STARLINER TOUCHES DOWN IN THE DESERT IN NEW MEXICO A HISTORIC LANDING IN WHITE SANDS, NEW MEXICO CONCLUDES THE FIRST FLIGHT TEST OF BOEING STARLINER SPACECRAFT THE FIRST TIME AN AMERICAN-MADE, HUMAN-RATED CAPSULE HAS LANDED ON LAND >> CONGRATULATIONS, STARLINER >> CONGRATULATIONS, INDEED >> THIS IS THE OUR FIRST SPACECRAFT LANDING IT WAS, UH, INCREDIBLE TO SEE WE’RE SO EXCITED FOR THE BOEING AND NASA TEAM AND THE RECOVERY FORCES TODAY DID AN INCREDIBLE JOB >> YEAH WE GOT A LOT OF DATA ON, UH, THE LAUNCH THE ORBITAL, UH, PORTION OF THE FLIGHT >> BEING ABLE TO JUST WATCH THE ENTIRE SEQUENCE FROM THE GROUND ON DOWN WAS, UH– WAS JUST FANTASTIC REALLY CLEAN LANDING >> WE HAD A BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING TEAM ALL OUT HERE READY TO SUPPORT EVERYBODY WAS PUMPED, EVERYBODY WAS CHEERING IT WAS– IT WAS SPECTACULAR I MEAN, IT– SHE’S BACK, SHE’S HOME >> WE ARE REALLY, FIRST AND FOREMOST, PLEASED WITH HOW THIS TEAM CAME TOGETHER FLYING A DIFFERENT TRAJECTORY, DIFFERENT ARROW SHAPE, YOU CAN ONLY TEST THAT AT SCALE THAT WENT TERRIFIC RETURN IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN’T REALLY TEST, YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR HEAT SHIELD ON AND GO THROUGH THE HEAT REGIME TODAY, WE JUST HAD– IT REALLY COULDN’T HAVE GONE ANY BETTER THE GROUND CREW IS CHRIS, NICOLE, MIKE– THEY’RE– THEY’RE TELLING US THERE’S HARDLY ANY CHARRING PERFECTLY LEVEL ON HER AIRBAGS, AND THAT BODES REALLY WELL FOR USABILITY FROM AN OVERALL PERSPECTIVE, WE ARE JUST AS PLEASED AS WE COULD BE WITH THE DESIGN >> I WOULD SAY THE TEAM DID JUST A TREMENDOUS JOB WHAT YOU FIND SOMETIMES IS WHEN YOU EXECUTE A FLIGHT DIFFERENTLY THAN PLANNED IN A MISSION TEST-FLIGHT DIFFERENTLY THAN PLANNED, THAT TEAM COMES TOGETHER IN A UNIQUE WAY AND THE NASA TEAM, THE NASA ENGINEERS, THE FLIGHT CONTROL TEAM, THE BOEING TEAM, WORKING SIDE BY SIDE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN REAL TIME, TO COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS, TO KEEP DECISIONS AHEAD OF THEM, AND THEN TO END UP LIKE TODAY WHERE WE HAD A SUCCESSFUL, UM, DE-ORBIT BURNING ENTRY AND LANDING IF I LOOK BACK AT THIS YEAR FROM A COMMERCIAL CREW PERSPECTIVE AS A PROGRAM, YOU KNOW, WE’VE HAD A TREMENDOUS YEAR WITH THE HOLIDAYS IN FRONT OF THEM, THEY JUST DID A TREMENDOUS JOB, AND SO MY HAT’S OFF TO THEM >> SO, NUMBER ONE, CONGRATULATIONS I KNOW, UH, THE LAST 48 HOURS HAVE NOT BEEN EASY SO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT A MISSION LIKE THIS, OR A TEST FLIGHT LIKE THIS, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THIS– LAUNCH, OF COURSE, IS A BIG CHALLENGE THAT HAS TO BE OVERCOME THAT HAPPENED FLYING THE SPACECRAFT AND MAKING SURE THAT THE SYSTEMS WORKED? THAT HAPPENED ENTRY DESCENT AND LANDING? HAPPENED WE’RE GONNA GET A LOT OF DATA, WE’RE GONNA GET A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT A LOT OF REALLY, REALLY GOOD THINGS HAPPENED ON THIS TEST FLIGHT IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT, WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, THAT’S WHEN YOU LEARN HOW THE TEAMS WORK I’M TELLING YOU, THAT WAS A THING OF BEAUTY UM, AND EVERYTHING THAT I’VE BEEN TOLD FROM THE PEOPLE THAT WERE IN THE ROOM DECISIONS WERE MADE QUICKLY UM, THINGS HAPPENED THAT WERE NOT PLANNED UM, AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THIS TEST FLIGHT WAS ACTUALLY VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SO, SO MANY WAYS SO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY AND ALL OF YOUR SERVICE TO– TO NASA SO, THANK YOU [ APPLAUSE ] [ MUSIC ]

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