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Starliner successfully docks with ISS

Starliner docked to ISS
Screen capture just after soft docking.

Boeing and NASA today successfully docked an unmanned Starliner capsule to ISS for the first time, completing the up-from-Earth portion of this demo mission to prove out this Boeing spacecraft as a future ferry to bring astronauts to and from the station.

The screen capture to the right, taken from the live feed, shows Starliner just after a successful soft capture docking. This was shortly followed by a hard dock.

They will open the hatch tomorrow after checking out the capsule’s linkage with ISS.

The docking itself was delayed by about 78 minutes, partly to time the docking during a period of good orbital communications and partly because of an issue with NASA’s own docking ring on the station that required engineers to reset it.

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  • GaryMike

    The elimination of contingency purchases of Soyuz seats for American astronauts.

    Starve the beast.

    Rogozin is sad.

  • Col Beausabre

    In the Anglo-Dutch Wars in the 1600’s, Admiral de Ruyter ordered a broom be lashed to the masthead of his flagship when he entered port to show he had swept the seas clean of the English

    American submariners revived the custom in WW2, when coming in after a successful patrol.

    Maybe we should start displaying them after each successful launch and make sure Rogozin gets a copy of the video

  • David K

    Better late than never I suppose.

  • Jeff Wright


    That was in response to a whip lashed to a periscope was it not?

    What was that old tale about a member of Congress being fooled by a sailor who spun a yarn about a deck-pecker bird when the divots in the teak were from spent shells falling sharp end down onto the deck?

  • mivenho

    I realize that the booster was destroyed – such a waste(!) – but will the SRBs be refurbished & reflown?

  • mivenho: No. The Atlas-5 is completely expendable. The only solid rocket boosters that were ever reused, at great cost and with no gain in efficiency, were the shuttle’s.

  • wayne

    You might enjoy this—

    “From launch to landing, a space shuttle’s solid rocket booster journey is captured, with sound mixed and enhanced by Skywalker Sound.”

    “Riding the Booster: Up & Down in 400 Seconds”
    NASA (2012)

  • Jay

    Looking at the last photo on Spaceflight Now of the Starliner docked to the station and noticed that orange edge on the service module. Anyone else notice this? Is the sun reflecting off of it through the window?

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