Boeing is ready to launch its Starliner spacecraft on an important uncrewed flight to the International Space Station subsequent week. This is how one can watch the weeklong Orbital Flight Take a look at 2 (OFT-2) mission dwell.
The primary present is the launch itself, which can stream on NASA Tv, the NASA app, the company’s web site and right here at Area.com. The liftoff atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is scheduled for 2:53 p.m. EDT (1853 GMT) subsequent Friday (July 30) from Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida. You’ll watch the launch and mission actions right here and on Area.com’s homepage, in addition to on NASA TV.
If all goes to plan, Starliner will take about 31 minutes to achieve its preliminary orbit after which will goal a docking the subsequent day with the Worldwide Area Station. Starliner tried this meetup as soon as earlier than, on the OFT-1 mission in December 2019, however suffered a series of technical issues that left the capsule stranded within the mistaken orbit for a rendezvous.
Photograph tour: Inside Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spaceship hangar
The OFT-2 docking is scheduled for 3:06 p.m. EDT (1906 GMT) on Saturday (July 31) and also will livestream on NASA’s channels and the Area.com web site. Starliner will carry 400 lbs. (181 kilogram) of NASA cargo and crew provides to the orbiting complicated and return to Earth with greater than 550 lbs. (250 kg) of cargo, the company said in a statement.
The date of Starliner’s departure from the house station has not but been scheduled, however the OFT-2 mission is predicted to final a couple of week. See under for an in depth timeline of media occasions within the leadup to the mission and its first few days.
“OFT-2 will display the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket from launch to docking to a return to Earth within the desert of the western United States,” NASA mentioned in the identical assertion. “The uncrewed mission will present beneficial information towards NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for normal flights with astronauts to and from the house station.”
Boeing is considered one of two business crew suppliers for the Worldwide Area Station, together with SpaceX, which has been utilizing its Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket for operational actions since 2020. SpaceX and Boeing acquired NASA contracts in 2014 valued at a mixed $6.8 billion to encourage the event of crewed spaceships meant to interchange the space shuttle, which retired in 2011. Boeing is predicted to start out sending astronauts to house in 2022, offered all goes properly with OFT-2.
After the shuttle retired, NASA relied on Russian Soyuz spacecraft as the only astronaut taxi for 9 years, between 2011 and 2020. The company continues to procure seats on Soyuz to fill ISS necessities in Starliner’s absence. The company pledged it should proceed to commerce seats with the Russians — placing Individuals on the Soyuz and Russians on American autos – however this association may be delayed till not less than 2022.
Within the meantime, right here is the total protection of dwell NASA prelaunch and launch actions for OFT-2. All instances are approximate and will change on account of technical or climate issues.
Tuesday, July 27
TBD – Prelaunch information convention on NASA Tv, roughly one hour after the launch readiness evaluate is full. Scheduled members are:
- Steve Stich, NASA supervisor of the business crew program;
- Joel Montalbano, NASA supervisor of the Worldwide Area Station program;
- Jennifer Buchli, NASA deputy chief scientist of the Worldwide Area Station program;
- John Vollmer, Boeing business crew program vp and program supervisor;
- Gary Wentz, ULA’s vp of presidency and business packages;
- Will Ulrich, U.S. Area Power launch climate workplace for forty fifth Climate Squadron.
Thursday, July 29
10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT) – NASA administrator briefing with the next scheduled members:
- NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson;
- NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy;
- Janet Petro, director of NASA’s Kennedy Area Middle;
- Chris Ferguson, Boeing’s director of Starliner mission operations and integration/crew techniques;
- Barry “Butch” Wilmore, NASA astronaut on Starliner’s first crewed mission (Crew Flight Take a look at)
- Michael “Mike” Fincke, NASA astronaut on Crew Flight Take a look at;
- Nicole Mann, NASA astronaut on Crew Flight Take a look at;
- Jennifer Buchli, NASA deputy chief scientist of the Worldwide Area Station program.
Friday, July 30
2 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) – NASA TV launch protection begins.
2:53 p.m. EDT (1653 GMT) (roughly) – Starliner OFT-2 lifts off from Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida.
3:24 p.m. EDT (1724 GMT) (roughly) – Starliner OFT-2 reaches its preliminary orbit.
4 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) (roughly) – Postlaunch information convention on NASA TV with representatives from NASA, Boeing and ULA. Contributors have but to be introduced.
Saturday, July 31
12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) – NASA TV rendezvous and docking protection begins.
3:06 p.m. EDT (1906 GMT) (roughly) – Livestreamed docking of Starliner on the Worldwide Area Station.
Sunday, Aug. 1
9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 GMT) – NASA TV hatch opening and welcoming remarks protection begins.
9:35 a.m. EDT (1335 GMT) (roughly) – Hatch opening and welcoming remarks.
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