Contact and soft grip confirmed at 7:35 am ET. With four Crew-2 astronauts aboard @SpaceX, the Crew Dragon docked at the space port of the @Space_Station Harmony module, moving out of the forward port to make room for the next @Commercial_Crew spacecraft. pic.twitter.com/Jej8VHdJ4oJul 21, 2021
NASA SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts relocated to the International Space Station Spaceship Crew Dragon Get started ahead of the arrival of the Boeing Starliner spacecraft next weekend.
The move occurred on Wednesday (July 21) when NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Peske moved in. Try from the front port of the space station Harmony module to the space-facing port.
The move maneuver took less than an hour and the capsule re-docked at 7:35 am ET (11:35 GMT). according to NASA…
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Moving Endeavor made way for NASA Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), which is scheduled to launch into the space station on July 30 and arrive the next day. According to the statement, the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will dock at Harmony’s forward port, marking the first time two different American commercial spacecraft dock with the space station at the same time.
The OFT-2 mission will be Boeing’s second test flight, designed to test the full capabilities of its Starliner spacecraft, including launch, docking, re-entry, and desert landing in the western United States. first test flight of Starliner was launched in December 2019, but due to a number of technical problems, the spacecraft did not reach the station as planned.
“The bareboat mission will provide valuable data on Boeing’s crew transportation system and help NASA certify Starliner and Rocket United Launch Alliance Atlas V for regular flights with astronauts to the space station and back, ”- said in a statement by representatives of NASA.
The port relocation on Wednesday marks the second time this year that astronauts have had to move spaceships on the space station. In April, NASA SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts completed the first commercial move of the crew to the port in the orbital lab when they relocated Crew Dragon Resilience ahead of SpaceX Crew-2’s arrival.
IN SpaceX Crew-2 The mission launched on April 23 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and docked with the space station on April 24. The crew aimed to return to Earth in early to mid-November and lead to a splashdown off the coast of Florida.
SpaceX’s next crew change mission, Crew-3, slated to launch into the space station on October 31 Crew 3 includes NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron, as well as ESA astronaut Mathias Maurer. They will launch the new Crew Dragon spacecraft from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of a six-month science mission in the orbiting laboratory. NASA and SpaceX have a total of six certified crew travel It is planned as part of the Commercial Crew Program, according to the agency.
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