Moscow. July 15. INTERFAX.RU – Astronauts of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will dock the Crew Dragon spacecraft to another port on the International Space Station (ISS) on July 21, NASA reported on Thursday.
“NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA astronaut Tom Peske will board the Crew Dragon spacecraft at about 4:30 am ET and dock it from the forward port of the module.” Harmony “at 6:45. The ship will be redocked to the port on the side of the ISS facing space at 7:32,” the agency said in a statement.
The docking will free up the Harmony port for docking with the ISS of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner, scheduled for July 30 as part of NASA's Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission. The mission will test the various abilities of the Starliner – launching, docking, re-entering the Earth's atmosphere and landing in the desert in the western United States.
If the uncrewed mission succeeds, NASA will be able to certify the Starliner and Atlas V rocket for regular flights with astronauts on board to and from the station.