NASA astronauts residing aboard the Worldwide House Station closed the hatch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Could 25. The uncrewed spacecraft is scheduled to autonomously undock from the house station to start the journey dwelling at 2:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Could 25. NASA and Boeing are concentrating on 6:49 p.m. for the touchdown and conclusion of Orbital Flight Check-2, wrapping up a six-day mission testing the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner system.
Groups are concentrating on White Sands House Harbor on the U.S. Military’s White Sands Missile Vary in New Mexico as the first touchdown website, with a backup White Sands alternative Friday, Could 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 refurbished on Earth and despatched again to station on a future flight.
NASA Tv, the NASA app, and the company’s web site will proceed present stay protection of the upcoming return actions for OFT-2 Wednesday, Thursday, Could 25, as Starliner prepares to undock and return to Earth. Return protection on NASA TV is as follows and all instances are topic to vary primarily based on mission operations (all instances are Japanese):
Wednesday, Could 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 House Heart in Houston:
- Steve Stich, supervisor, NASA’s Business Crew Program
- Joel Montalbano, supervisor, NASA’s Worldwide House Station Program
- Suni Williams, NASA astronaut
- Mark Nappi, vp and program supervisor, Boeing
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