NASA will present stay protection of the upcoming return actions for the company’s Boeing Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 (OFT-2). As a part of the uncrewed flight check, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will depart from the Worldwide Area Station for a touchdown within the western United States.
The spacecraft is scheduled to autonomously undock from the house station to start the journey residence at 2:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Might 25. NASA and Boeing are focusing on 6:49 p.m. for the touchdown and conclusion of OFT-2, wrapping up a six-day mission testing the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner system.
Prematurely of Starliner’s return, industrial crew astronauts on the house station will communicate with NASA management and make farewell remarks previous to closing the hatch to the uncrewed spacecraft.
Groups are focusing on White Sands Area Harbor on the U.S. Military’s White Sands Missile Vary in New Mexico as the first touchdown web site, with a backup White Sands alternative Friday, Might 27. The spacecraft will return with greater than 600 kilos of cargo, together with Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System reusable tanks that present breathable air to station crew members. The tanks might be refilled on Earth and despatched again to station on a future flight.
NASA’s Boeing OFT-2 return protection on NASA TV is as follows and all occasions are topic to alter primarily based on mission operations (all occasions are Japanese):
Tuesday, Might 24
12:20 p.m. – NASA Administrator occasion on Starliner’s flight check with industrial crew astronauts at station
12:55 p.m. – Starliner farewell ceremony
1:30 p.m. – Hatch closure TV protection begins for 1:55 p.m. hatch closing
Wednesday, Might 25
2 p.m. – TV protection begins for the two:36 p.m. undocking. NASA will break protection after the spacecraft exits joint operations with the house station.
5:45 p.m. – Protection begins for six:05 p.m. deorbit burn and 6:49 p.m. touchdown within the western United States.
9 p.m. – Return to Earth information convention on NASA TV from NASA’s Johnson Area Middle in Houston:
- Steve Stich, supervisor, NASA’s Business Crew Program
- Joel Montalbano, supervisor, NASA’s Worldwide Area Station Program
- Suni Williams, NASA astronaut
- Mark Nappi, vice chairman and program supervisor, Boeing
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