Boeing’s Starliner Spacecraft Completes Success at the Space Station

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has made its first connection with the International Space Station at 19:28 Central Time (0028 UTC) today to complete a primary objective of the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2). Without astronauts on board, Starliner’s autonomous systems and ground controllers in Houston guided the vehicle through a series of accurately studied maneuvers to propel the Starliner to the orbiting laboratory before landing. Astronauts on board the space station monitored Starliner during the flight.

“The success of today’s Starliner capture is another important step in this attempt to send astronauts into orbit in a safe and reliable manner,” said Ted Colbert, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

Launched at the top of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V on May 19, 2022, from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, Starliner spent its prime time in space carrying out a series of system demonstrations that have been approved by mission officials. check that the spacecraft is safe to operate. Since its inception, the Starliner has recycled the batteries using solar panels located on the service module.

After astronauts on board the station declared “Tally-ho, Starliner”, the vehicle was attached to a Boeing-built access port at the International Space Station.

“Starliner has demonstrated the ability to meet and attract security and autonomy,” said Jim Chilton, senior vice president, Boeing Space and Launch. “We are honored to enter the far side of the fleet of commercial spacecraft in degrees to conduct transport services back to the NASA space station.”

Equipped with a fully functional life support system, so like all the other critical systems to support human beings, the spacecraft and the mission are designed to provide Boeing and NASA with sufficient data to certify the spacecraft for long -term missions with equipment at the International Space Station.

During the Starliner’s arrival period in orbit, the station’s equipment will hang from the inside of the spacecraft, perform an initial tour of the cabin and perform periodic controls on the system while ground controllers evaluate the data collected during its flight.

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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft has made its first connection with the International Space Station at 19:28 Central Time (0028 UTC) today to complete a primary objective of the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2). Without astronauts on board, Starliner's autonomous systems and ground controllers in Houston guided the vehicle through a series of accurately studied maneuvers to propel the Starliner to the orbiting laboratory before landing. Astronauts on board the space station monitored Starliner during the flight.

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