The Boeing Starliner docks at the station for cargo and test operations – Space Station
Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 8:28 p.m. EDT. Starliner launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during a flight test to the International Space Station at 6:54 p.m. Thursday, May 19 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
NASA will host a media teleconference to provide an update on Starliner’s progress tonight at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, where it will be streamed live on NASA’s website. Participants include:
- Kathryn Lueders, Associate Administrator, NASA Space Operations Mission Directorate
- Steve Stich, NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager
- Joel Montalbano, NASA International Space Station Program Manager
- Mark Nappi, Vice President and Program Manager, Boeing Commercial Crew Program
Starliner’s hatch opening is scheduled to begin around 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. Coverage of the hatch opening will be broadcast live on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.
Saturday May 21
- 11:30 a.m. – Start of NASA TV hatch opening coverage
- 11:45 a.m. – (approx.) Hatch opening and welcome
Starliner is scheduled to leave the space station on Wednesday, May 25, when it will undock and return to Earth, with a desert landing in the western United States. The spacecraft will return with more than 600 pounds of cargo, including reusable Nitrogen Oxygen Refill System tanks that provide breathable air for station crew members. The tanks will be refurbished on Earth and returned to the station on a future flight.
After certification, NASA missions aboard Starliner will carry up to four crew members to the station, allowing for continued crew expansion and increasing the amount of science and research that can be performed aboard the laboratory in orbit.
OFT-2 will provide valuable data to NASA certifying Boeing’s Crew Transport System for scheduled flights with astronauts to and from the space station.
Boeing Starliner updates provide the latest Orbital-2 flight test information.
More details about the mission and NASA’s Commercial Crew program can be found in the online press kit and by following the Commercial Crew blog, @commercial_crew and the sales team on Facebook.
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