But the schedule changed for better lighting and communication conditions. Then, when a small anomaly was detected, the connection was delayed again to reset the NASA Connection System (NDS). The reset worked well and eventually the Starliner was connected to the Harmony Module port.
NASA Deputy space Operator Kathy Lueders said after the operation: The spacecraft was not reaching the station. "This is a really vital demonstration mission, and it was important for us to get the test data and learn something from each step along the way so that we can complete the spacecraft development quickly."
"Sometimes the journey may be a little longer, but it's wonderful to see this vehicle now connected to the International space Station."
This success of the Starliner was perhaps the best birthday present for Steve Stitch, NASA's director of business manned programming. He turned 57 today, and NASA and Boeing teams celebrated his birthday with a cake before the Starliner arrived at the space station.
"I've had an incredible 24 hours," he said, an hour late. "I had to wait a little longer for my birthday present, but it was worth the wait." Starliner's long journey to the space station Today was a historic moment for the astronauts to take the astronauts to and from the International space station and back. This mission showed that the Starliner capsule could indeed reach the orbital laboratory; "It's really spectacular," said Mark Nappi, Boeing's vice president of business and managing program. "It was really nail-biting to see the spacecraft when it was close to the station until it was finally time to join." A very low circuit that did not allow connection to the ISS ended prematurely. The OFT-2 was originally scheduled to be launched last summer, but pre-launch inspections showed that 13 of the 24 oxidizing valves in the Starliner propulsion system were stuck, and it took about eight months to identify the cause and fix it.>
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Despite success in reaching the station, OFT-2 also So far it has not gone completely as expected. NASA and Boeing officials announced after launch that one of the Starliner propellers had malfunctioned while burning in its vital circuit, 31 minutes after takeoff.
To compensate for this problem, the backup unit was activated but it It also failed before the operation was completed. Then a third-level backup propulsion system was launched, and eventually the Starliner was able to orbit the space station. According to NASA officials, the backup propulsion system also performed well during the subsequent Starliner engine process.
It worked as it was supposed to. "The team is now investigating why the anomalies occurred." Has been. According to Boeing, its propulsion system "operated normally in all drift performance displays and, given the backup, would not pose a risk to other flight tests."
Performed experiments; Among the stop-and-tested maneuvers is the VESTA, which is used to lock the spacecraft to the station.
Boeing officials said: They continue about the spacecraft and its performance in space. The Navigation, Navigation and Control (GN&C) systems operate nominally, the flight software runs as designed, and power generation is positive. "Although some unexpected behaviors have been detected in a thermal cooling ring, the starliner has managed to maintain a constant temperature."
After years, the Starliner is now well on the International space station and is scheduled to stay there for four or five days. If the capsule can overcome its remaining milestones, it may test-transport NASA astronauts to the space station, perhaps even before the end of 2022.
NASA astronaut Heinz at the station to control center "Today is a major turning point," the mission said. Provides additional commercial access to low-Earth orbit, maintains the International space Station, and accomplishes NASA's goal of returning humans to the moon and eventually to Mars.
Congratulating Boeing, Human spaceflight has long been remembered in history. It will be the same today.
Now the next milestones of OFT-2 include the opening of the hatch between the Starliner and the International space Station, and then the astronauts stationed at the station will be able to access the new spacecraft. The operation will take place today at around 11:45 Eastern time Zone (20:15 Tehran time).
In 2014, NASA signed a similar agreement with SpaceX. Ilan Mask, however, has already launched its space taxi service and has so far completed four operational manned missions for NASA. With the success of Boeing, now the Dragon SpaceX space capsule will have a commercial competitor.