NASA praises Boeing Starliner’s flawed ability to remain stranded on ISS

NASA praises Boeing Starliner’s flawed ability to remain stranded on ISS
NASA praises Boeing Starliner’s flawed ability to remain stranded on ISS
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El Boeing Starliner is still docked to the International Space Station on its first crewed mission. Due to problems with the spacecraft, the mission exceeded the 26-day mark on Friday. NASA’s flight test was initially scheduled to last 10 days. Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams do not have a set date when they will return to Earth. NASA, for its part, has praised the Starliner for its ability to stay stranded on the ISS.

NASA I can’t figure out the root cause of Starliner’s problems, but all major issues have been fixed and the ship is almost ready to return home. Helium is leaking delayed the initial launch of May 6 stabilized, and all but one of the 28 thrusters are back in operation. The nature of the mission as a test flight meant the agency was prepared to spend as much time as possible working out the glitches. Space.com reported:

When Space.com asked how long the mission might continue, Stich said, “We haven’t decided how long to extend it yet.” Starliner has 12 different batteries, he explained. Before this flight, similar batteries sat on the ground for a year and were then tested to make sure there were no defects and none were found.

“What we are really doing now is looking at the battery performance in flight. We don’t see any degradation in any of the cells where the batteries are,” he added.

The Boeing Starliner’s endurance in orbit is limited by the capacity of the crew module’s battery. While the spacecraft has a nominal endurance of 210 days, NASA stated there would be a limit of 45 days, enough time for engineers on the ground to test fixes before reentry. The agency is confident enough in the battery’s performance while recharging from the ISS that Starliner will likely surpass the 45-day mark in orbit. Wilmore and Williams aren’t sitting idly by as they wait. helping the ISS crew with tasks on board until the call to return home finally arrives.

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