The Boeing Starliner capsule faces another critical test

A Boeing Starliner approaches the International Space Station on May 20, 2022.

A Boeing Starliner approaches the International Space Station on May 20, 2022.
picture: NASA Johnson

Astronauts aboard the CST-100 Starliner are preparing for their repatriation flight, currently scheduled for Wednesday. The historic mission ends quickly, as Boeing has completed several major tests of its new spacecraft while docked at the orbital position. It was a daunting task for Boeing, after two previous failed attempts to get the Starliner to the International Space Station.

By the time it departs the International Space Station Wednesday afternoon, the Starliner capsule will have spent five days attached to the station.. Starship an appointment With the International Space Station at 8:28 p.m. ET on Friday, May 20, having Launched To space the day before. The Problem with the payment systemwhich occurred during the Starliner’s orbital burn, does not appear to have affected the mission, known as Boeing Orbital Flight Test 2 or OFT-2.

The successful docking saw an unmanned Starliner connection to a new Boeing docking port connected to the International Space Station’s Harmony module.. Upon docking, the capsule It recharged its batteries using solar arrays installed on the service module, according to Boeing press release.

Ted Colbert, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said in the statement The successful docking of the Starliner is “another important step in this exercise to send astronauts into orbit safely and reliably.” The goal is to get the Starliner certified for human use, giving NASA a second way to take astronauts into space (the other being SpaceX’s Crew Dragon).

NASA astronauts inspect the Starliner's interior, Rosie Rocketeer (elf) still strapped to her seat.

NASA astronauts inspect the Starliner’s interior, Rosie Rocketeer (elf) still strapped to her seat.
picture: NASA

Astronauts with the crew of Expedition 67 opened Starliner slot on Saturday morning, allowing them to venture inside. Rosie the Rocketer was still strapped to her seat – a test model that tracks the physical conditions associated with human spaceflight. After examining the capsule’s interior, NASA flight engineers such as Gil Lindgren and Bob Haynes began the unloading of the Starliner, which brought 500 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station.

Boeing and NASA also have Done A number of flight test objectives established, including joint Starliner and space station ventilation, testing of various audio recordings (including with Mission Control in Florida), confirmation of drawn telemetry paths and file transfers, and recharging Starliner batteries of power station. Crew still need to load 600 Pounds of cargo in the Starliner, activate pre-lock systems and check-outs, and close the Starliner hatch, among other tasks.

The spacecraft is expected to separate from the International Space Station at 2:36 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25. Starliner will then re-enter Atmosphere And land with the help of a parachute near White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. Gizmodo will provide live coverage of this event tomorrow, So stay tuned.

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