NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts on the Worldwide Area Station relocated the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endeavour forward of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft arrival subsequent weekend.
The relocation occurred on Wednesday (July 21), when NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Area Company (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet moved Endeavour from the ahead port of the area station’s Concord module to the space-facing port.
The relocation maneuver took lower than one hour to finish and the capsule re-docked at 7:35 a.m. EDT (1135 GMT), according to a statement from NASA.
Transferring Endeavour made room for NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission, which is slated to launch to the area station on July 30 and arrive the following day. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will dock at Concord’s ahead port, marking the primary time two totally different U.S. industrial crew spacecraft can be docked to the area station on the similar time, in line with the assertion.
The OFT-2 mission can be Boeing’s second check flight try, designed to check the end-to-end capabilities of its Starliner spacecraft, together with launch, docking, atmospheric re-entry and a desert touchdown within the western U.S. Boeing’s first Starliner test flight launched in December 2019, however the spacecraft didn’t attain the station as deliberate as a consequence of a sequence of technical issues.
“The uncrewed mission will present worthwhile knowledge about Boeing’s crew transportation system and assist NASA certify Starliner and the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket for normal flights with astronauts to and from the area station,” NASA officers mentioned within the assertion.
Wednesday’s port relocation represented the second time this 12 months that astronauts have needed to shuffle spacecraft round on the area station. In April, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts accomplished the first commercial crew port relocation on the orbiting lab after they moved Crew Dragon Resilience forward of the SpaceX Crew-2 arrival.
The SpaceX Crew-2 mission launched on April 23 from NASA’s Kennedy Area Heart in Florida and docked to the area station on April 24. The crew is focusing on an early-to-mid November return to Earth and can splash down off the coast of Florida.
SpaceX’s subsequent crew rotation mission, Crew-3, is slated to launch to the area station on Oct. 31. Crew-3 contains NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer. They are going to launch on a brand new Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Advanced 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Area Heart in Florida for a six-month science mission on the orbiting lab. NASA and SpaceX have a complete of six certified crew missions deliberate as part of the company’s Business Crew Program, in line with the assertion.
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