Agency NASA intends to deliver astronauts from Earth to ISS using small spacecraft. His assistants in this case it has chosen SpaceX and Boeing last developed spacecraft CST-100 Cockpit, which will be launched after a successful unmanned test. Last year, the test failed due to fuel leaks, but now the Boeing company has announced that the device is repaired and ready to prove their safety.
Boeing Starliner has not yet been tested in space, but the developers are confident that everything will go smoothly. Previously, the unit has already undergone testing in the Earth’s atmosphere — he successfully opened the parachute and used the screen which protects it from high temperatures during the passage of the ship through the atmosphere. That the apparatus can easily and safely land, doubt no longer.
According to representative of Boeing Maribeth Davis, if the device is shown to be safe in space, astronauts will be able to sit in it and go to the ISS for August 2019. The mission will be called the Orbital Flight Test and will be launched from the station of the air force Cape Canaveral in Florida. That is where, we recall, was launched the famous space program “Gemini” and “Apollo”.
The international Space Station, in turn, is ready to accept guests. The astronauts have already established a highly sensitive camera for the connecting equipment, as the spacecraft must be carefully aligned relative to each other. If the docking will happen any offset, there is a risk of damage to important parts of the apparatus.
The company SpaceX plans to deliver astronauts to the ISS on the ship Crew Dragon (Dragon 2). At the beginning of year it became known that his first start will take place in the first half of 2019.
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