Astronauts float through Boeing’s unmanned capsule

STORY: NASA astronauts Bob Hines and Kjell Lindgren opened the hatch of the unmanned capsule at 12:04 p.m. mannequin, dressed in a blue flight suit.

The jelly bean-shaped CST-100 Starliner’s encounter with the orbital research outpost, currently home to a seven-member crew, occurred nearly 26 hours after the capsule was launched from the US Space Force Base. from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Starliner blasted off on Thursday atop an Atlas V rocket provided by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA), and reached its intended preliminary orbit 31 minutes later despite the failure of two boosters on board.

Boeing said the two faulty boosters posed no risk to the rest of the spaceflight, which comes after more than two years of delays and costly engineering mishaps in a program designed to give NASA another vehicle to send its astronauts. to and from orbit.

Docking with the ISS took place at 8:28 p.m. EDT (0028 GMT Saturday) when the two vehicles flew 271 miles (436 km) over the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Australia, according to commentators in a broadcast. NASA live web on the link.

It marked the first time spacecraft from the two NASA Commercial Crew Program partners were physically connected to the space station at the same time. A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule has docked with the space station since it delivered four astronauts to the ISS in late April.

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