Astronauts dwelling aboard the Worldwide House Station opened the hatch for the primary time to Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft at 12:04 p.m. EDT Saturday, Might 21, on its uncrewed Orbital Flight Take a look at-2.
Starliner launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on a flight take a look at to the Worldwide House Station at 6:54 p.m. on Thursday, Might 19, from House Launch Advanced-41 at Cape Canaveral House Power Station in Florida. The uncrewed spacecraft efficiently docked to the area station’s Concord module at 8:28 p.m. EDT Friday, Might 20.
For the flight take a look at, Starliner is carrying about 500 kilos of NASA cargo and crew provides and greater than 300 kilos of Boeing cargo to the Worldwide House Station. Following certification, NASA missions aboard Starliner will carry as much as 4 crew members to the station, enabling the continued enlargement of the crew and rising the quantity of science and analysis that may be carried out aboard the orbiting laboratory.
The uncrewed flight take a look at is designed to check the end-to-end capabilities of the crew-capable system as a part of NASA’s Industrial Crew Program. OFT-2 will present worthwhile information towards NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for normal flights with astronauts to and from the area station.
Starliner is scheduled to depart the area station Wednesday, Might 25, when it can undock and return to Earth, with a desert touchdown within the western U.S. 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 will likely be refurbished on Earth and despatched again to station on a future flight.
Extra particulars in regards to the mission and NASA’s industrial crew program could be discovered within the press package on-line and by following the industrial crew weblog, @commercial_crew and industrial crew on Fb.
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