NASA Updates Protection for Boeing’s Starliner Launch, Docking

NASA Updates Protection for Boeing’s Starliner Launch, Docking

NASA will present dwell protection of prelaunch and launch actions for the company’s Boeing Crew Flight Take a look at, which is able to carry NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams to and from the Worldwide Area Station.

Launch of the ULA (United Launch Alliance) Atlas V rocket and Boeing Starliner spacecraft is focused for 12:25 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 1, from Area Launch Complicated-41 at Cape Canaveral Area Power Station in Florida. Starliner will dock to the forward-facing port of the station’s Concord module at roughly 1:50 p.m., Sunday, June 2.

Wilmore and Williams will stay on the area station for a couple of week to check the Starliner spacecraft and its subsystems earlier than NASA works to finish ultimate certification of the transportation system for rotational missions to the orbiting laboratory as a part of the company’s Business Crew Program.

NASA, Boeing, and ULA scrubbed the earlier launch alternative on Might 6 as a consequence of a suspect oxygen aid valve on the Atlas V rocket’s Centaur second stage. Since, groups have eliminated and changed the valve, and accomplished an evaluation of Starliner’s efficiency and redundancy after discovering a small helium leak within the spacecraft’s service module.

As a part of the helium leak investigation, NASA and Boeing carried out a follow-on propulsion system assessment to grasp potential helium system impacts to some Starliner return situations. NASA additionally accomplished a Delta-Company Flight Take a look at Readiness Evaluation on Might 29 to guage all work carried out and flight rationale earlier than continuing towards launch.

The deadline for media accreditation for in-person protection of this launch has handed. The company’s media credentialing policy is offered on-line. For questions on media accreditation, please electronic mail: ksc-media-accreditat@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA’s mission protection is as follows (all instances Japanese and topic to vary primarily based on real-time operations):

Friday, Might 31

1 p.m. – Prelaunch briefing with the next members:

  • NASA Affiliate Administrator Jim Free
  • Steve Stich, supervisor, NASA’s Business Crew Program
  • Dana Weigel, supervisor, NASA’s Worldwide Area Station Program
  • NASA astronaut Mike Fincke
  • Mark Nappi, vp and program supervisor, Business Crew Program, Boeing
  • Gary Wentz, vp, Authorities and Business Packages, ULA
  • Mark Burger, launch climate officer, forty fifth Climate Squadron, Cape Canaveral Area Power Station

Protection of the briefing will stream dwell on NASA+, NASA Tv, the NASA app, YouTube, and the company’s website.

Media could ask questions in individual and by way of telephone. Restricted auditorium area shall be out there for in-person participation. For the dial-in quantity and passcode, media ought to contact the newsroom at NASA’s Kennedy Area Heart in Florida no later than one hour earlier than the beginning of the occasion at ksc-newsroom@mail.nasa.gov.

Saturday, June 1

8:15 a.m. – Launch protection begins on NASA+, NASA Tv, the NASA app, YouTube, and the company’s website.

12:25 p.m. – Launch

Launch protection on NASA+ will finish shortly after Starliner orbital insertion. NASA Tv will present continuous coverage main as much as docking and thru hatch opening and welcome remarks.

2 p.m. – Postlaunch information convention with the next members:

  • NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson
  • Ken Bowersox, affiliate administrator, NASA’s Area Operations Mission Directorate
  • Steve Stich, supervisor, NASA’s Business Crew Program
  • Dana Weigel, supervisor, NASA’s Worldwide Area Station Program
  • Mark Nappi, vp and program supervisor, Business Crew Program, Boeing
  • Tory Bruno, president and CEO, ULA

Protection of the postlaunch information convention will air dwell on NASA+, NASA Tv, the NASA app, YouTube, and the company’s website.

Media could ask questions in individual and by way of telephone. Restricted auditorium area shall be out there for in-person participation. For the dial-in quantity and passcode, media ought to contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than three hours earlier than the beginning of the occasion at ksc-newsroom@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA+ will resume protection and NASA Tv’s public channel will break from in-orbit protection to hold the postlaunch information convention. Mission operational protection will proceed on NASA Tv’s media channel and the company’s web site. As soon as the postlaunch information convention is full, NASA+ protection will finish, and mission protection will proceed on each NASA channels.

Sunday, June 2

11:15 a.m. – Arrival protection resumes on NASA+, the NASA app, and YouTube, and continues on NASA Tv and the company’s website.

1:50 p.m. – Focused docking to the forward-facing port of the station’s Concord module

3:35 p.m. – Hatch opening

3:55 p.m. – Welcome remarks

5 p.m. – Publish-docking information convention at NASA’s Johnson Area Heart with the next members:

  • NASA Affiliate Administrator Jim Free
  • Steve Stich, supervisor, NASA’s Business Crew Program
  • Dana Weigel, supervisor, NASA’s Worldwide Area Station Program
  • Mark Nappi, vp and program supervisor, Business Crew Program, Boeing

Protection of the post-docking information convention will air dwell on NASA+, NASA Tv, the NASA app, YouTube, and the company’s website.

All instances are estimates and could possibly be adjusted primarily based on operations after launch. Observe the space station blog for probably the most up-to-date operations info.

Audio Solely Protection

Audio solely of the information conferences and launch protection shall be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which can be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240 or -7135. On launch day, “mission audio,” countdown actions with out NASA Tv launch commentary, shall be carried on 321-867-7135.

Launch audio additionally shall be out there on Launch Data Service and Newbie Tv System’s VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz and KSC Newbie Radio Membership’s UHF radio frequency 444.925 MHz, FM mode, heard inside Brevard County on the Area Coast.

Stay Video Protection Previous to Launch

NASA will present a dwell video feed of Area Launch Complicated-41 roughly 48 hours previous to the deliberate liftoff of the mission. Pending unlikely technical points, the feed shall be uninterrupted till the prelaunch broadcast begins on NASA Tv, roughly 4 hours previous to launch. As soon as the feed is dwell, discover it on NASA Kennedy’s YouTube: http://youtube.com/kscnewsroom.

NASA Web site Launch Protection

Launch day protection of the mission shall be out there on the company’s website. Protection will embody dwell streaming and weblog updates starting no sooner than 8:15 a.m., June 1, because the countdown milestones happen. On-demand streaming video and pictures of the launch shall be out there shortly after liftoff.

For questions on countdown protection, contact the Kennedy newsroom at 321-867-2468. Observe countdown protection on the commercial crew or the Crew Flight Test weblog.

Attend Launch Nearly

Members of the general public can register to attend this launch nearly. NASA’s digital visitor program for this mission additionally contains curated launch assets, notifications about associated alternatives or adjustments, and a stamp for the NASA digital visitor passport following launch.

Watch, Interact on Social Media

Let individuals know you’re following the mission on X, Fb, and Instagram by utilizing the hashtags #Starliner and #NASASocial. You can too keep linked by following and tagging these accounts:

X: @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @NASASocial, @Space_Station, @ISS_Research, @ISS National Lab, @BoeingSpace, @Commercial_Crew

Fb: NASA, NASAKennedy, ISS, ISS National Lab

Instagram: @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @ISS, @ISSNationalLab

Protection en Espanol

Do you know NASA has a Spanish part known as NASA en Espanol? Take a look at NASA en Espanol on X, Instagram, Fb, and YouTube for added mission protection.

Para obtener información sobre cobertura en español en el Centro Espacial Kennedy o si desea solicitar entrevistas en español, comuníquese con Antonia Jaramillo: 321-501-8425;antonia.jaramillobotero@nasa.gov.

NASA’s Business Crew Program has delivered on its objective of secure, dependable, and cost-effective transportation to and from the Worldwide Area Station from the USA via a partnership with American personal trade. This partnership is altering the arc of human spaceflight historical past by opening entry to low-Earth orbit and the Worldwide Area Station to extra individuals, science, and business alternatives. The area station stays the springboard to NASA’s subsequent nice leap in area exploration, together with future missions to the Moon and, ultimately, to Mars.

For NASA’s launch weblog and extra details about the mission, go to:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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Jimi Russell / Claire O’Shea
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
james.j.russell@nasa.gov / claire.a.o’shea@nasa.gov

Steven Siceloff / Danielle Sempsrott / Stephanie Plucinsky
Kennedy Area Heart, Florida
321-867-2468
steven.p.siceloff@nasa.gov / danielle.c.sempsrott@nasa.gov / stephanie.n.plucinsky@nasa.gov

Leah Cheshier
Johnson Area Heart, Houston
281-483-5111
leah.d.cheshier@nasa.gov

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