Washington, Aug 1
NASA on Sunday introduced the launch of its Boeing Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 (OFT-2) second mission to the Worldwide Area Station on August 3.
OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as a part of the US house company’s Business Crew Programme. The mission is focused to launch at 1.20 p.m. EDT on August 3, NASA mentioned in a press release.
Starliner will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Area Launch Advanced-41 at Cape Canaveral Area Pressure Station in Florida. About half-hour after launch, Starliner will carry out its orbital insertion burn to start its daylong journey to the house station.
Scheduled to dock on the house station at 1.37 p.m. on August 4, the spacecraft will carry greater than 400 kilos of NASA cargo and crew provides to the house station. It is going to return to Earth with greater than 550 kilos of cargo, together with the reusable Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System tanks that present breathable air to station crew members.
“OFT-2 will reveal the end-to-end capabilities of the Starliner spacecraft and Atlas V rocket, from launch, to docking, to a return to Earth with a desert touchdown within the western United States. The uncrewed mission will present useful knowledge towards NASA certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for normal flights to and from the house station,” NASA mentioned.
Boeing had signed a contract with NASA’s Business Crew Programme to fly operational missions to and from the house station with Starliner in 2014. Nonetheless, a sequence of setbacks have so far prevented the Starliner from reaching the ISS.
Its debut uncrewed orbital flight mission in 2019 didn’t go precisely as deliberate, requiring it to make one other strive earlier than placing astronauts on board for the crewed flight take a look at.
The second launch has been held up since late final 12 months because of ongoing software program checks. It was earlier scheduled for Friday, however was pushed for August 3 after the thrusters on the ISS’ new Russian module Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module unexpectedly fired hours after docking, inflicting the station to maneuver out of orientation.
The house station was shoved 45 levels off monitor. Nonetheless, it was repositioned again to regular.
“NASA and Boeing have determined to face down from Friday’s launch try of the company’s Orbital Flight Take a look at-2 mission,” NASA mentioned.
“The transfer permits the Worldwide Area Station crew time to proceed working checkouts of the newly arrived Roscosmos’ Nauka module and to make sure the station will probably be prepared for Starliner’s arrival,” it added. IANS