Starliner makes first docking with ISS on OFT-2 mission

A day into its OFT-2 mission, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station for the first time. Starliner’s docking, which marks a major milestone in Boeing’s demonstration flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, occurred at 8:28 PM EDT on Friday (00:28 UTC on Saturday). The Orbital Test Flight 2 (OFT-2) mission is the second uncrewed test flight of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule, which was necessary due to the failure of the original OFT mission to complete its objectives in 2019. Starliner successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. This began a 24-hour chase that ended in its docking with the International Space Station on Friday. Starliner docking Having made an initial phasing burn an hour and 15 minutes after launch, Starliner began to fine-tune its approach to the International Space Station (ISS) with the first in a series of burns to adjust its altitude and change its orbital plane for rendezvous with the station. The second Height Adjust/Plane Change (NHPC) burn was made, with a Coelliptic/Plane Change burn after that. Starliner at the launch pad before Friday’s liftoff (Credit: Thomas Burghardt for NSF) Testing of the…

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Starliner makes first docking with ISS on OFT-2 mission

Updated: May 20, 2022 — 10:26 pm