NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts have been flown to the International Space Station Dragon Crew spacecraft An attempt to reach the Boeing Starliner spacecraft next weekend.
The transfer took place on Wednesday (July 21), as NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, astronaut Jaxa Akihiko Hoshed and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet moved in. Search From the Harmony module front port of the space station to the port-facing space.
The transport maneuver took less than an hour and the capsule was re-docked at 7:35 a.m. EDT (1135 GMT). According to a statement issued by NASA.
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Moving Endeavor has created space for NASA Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), scheduled for launch to the space station on July 30 and arrival the next day. According to the statement, the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will dock at Forward Harmony, the first time two different commercial spacecraft have docked at the space station at the same time.
The OFT-2 mission will be Boeing’s second test flight, designed to test the extensive capabilities of its Starliner spacecraft, including launch, docking, return and landing in the desert in the western United States. Starliner’s first test flight It was launched in December 2019, but the spacecraft did not reach the station as planned due to a series of technical problems.
“The unmanned mission will provide valuable data on the Boeing crew transportation system and help NASA certify the Starliner and Atlas V-raket van de United Launch Alliance for regular flights with astronauts to and from the space station,” NASA officials said in the statement.
Wednesday’s port movement is the second time this year that astronauts have had to switch spacecraft at the space station. In April, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts completed the Transfer of the first port of the commercial crew Inside the orbiting laboratory when they transported the Crew Dragon Resilience for the arrival of the SpaceX Crew-2.
from SpaceX-2 crew The mission began April 23 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and arrived at the space station on April 24. The crew aims to return to Earth early to mid-November, and they will explode off the coast of Florida.
SpaceX’s next crew rotation mission, Crew 3It is scheduled to launch to the space station on October 31. The crew consists of 3 NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshbourne and Kayla Barron, and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer. It will be launched on a new Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a six-month science mission to the orbiting laboratory. NASA and SpaceX have a total of six Certified Crew Missions According to the statement, the settlement was planned as part of the agency’s commercial crew program.
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