Starliner in stable orbit. The burn needed for a rendezvous with the ISS did not happen. Working the issue.— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) December 20, 2019
The capsule for human flight Starliner, as a Crew, and Dragon of SpaceX, is designed to carry a human crew. There was no one on board, if not a dummy ( Rosie, with the appearance of "Rosie the riveter", an icon of working women during the second world war), but with the astronauts on board the requirements of safety should be very high. There have been several questions from journalists on this point: "How is it possible that in 2019 there is a problem of clock?" and "is not worrying that there is a constant communication with a capsule that is intended to transport the astronauts?". The answers were rather vague: "we do Not yet know what caused the problem in the timer - explained Bridenstine, Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing - and we are also working for the communication problem, because a problem was". Nothing docked to the Iss Is therefore not excluded that Starliner could attach to the international space Station: "We still have 75% of the propellant, the capsule will return within 48 hours to Whitesands (the intended place for the return in New Mexico ed) and will work because the return and landing to go to a good end. In the meantime, we will do test to understand how it behaves, the spacecraft in orbit, but all systems work perfectly, from the solar panels to the radiators".
We are getting good burns and are elevating the orbit of the spacecraft.— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) December 20, 2019
The other problem raised is that of the berth. According to Bridenstine Starliner will be able to carry into orbit astronauts, even without having ever performed one: "The Shuttles have done so from the first flight," he argued. The two astronauts at the press conference, Michael Fincke, and Nicole Mann, that should fly just with the Starliner, were still around, we do have concerns for the safety and confirm that a crew can take control and do the maneuvers manually. The success of the launch In a press release, Boeing stresses that the launch has been successful at 6.36 am in the morning (the 12.36 in Italy) from the Space Launch Complex 41 of Cape Canaveral. The Starliner was in the head of a rocket Atlas V-United Launch Alliance. The task of the two stages of the rocket would be concluded successfully thus. At 14 minutes, and 54 seconds from launch, in fact, the live update of the Ula indicates a separation is successful, and explain that after 20 minutes Starliner would have to do an "injection burn" to "circolarizzare" the orbit and point it to the Iss. At this point, the shuttle has had an insertion in orbit "off nominal", that is not correct.
Starliner is one of the two private shuttles (the other is the Crew Dragon, built by SpaceX, which has successfully reached the Iss in march and back to Earth) of the program, Commercial crew at Nasa aims, in the coming months, to restore the human transportation into space from american soil. After the retirement of the Space Shuttle (first flight in 2011), in fact, Nasa has had to "rent" seats aboard the Russian Soyuz.
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