NASA and Boeing recently completed a dress rehearsal of Starliner’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) Integrated Mission to the International Space Station for the NASA Commercial Crew Program. The campaign conducted largely in Boeing’s Avionics and Software Integration Laboratory (ASIL) in Houston resulted in a five-day end-to-end mission simulation known as the ASIL mission rehearsal, or AMR.
Preparing for the program’s first AMR required several months of preparation for hardware and software setup, communication channel routing, simulated sensor data mapping, flight procedure verification, and weeks of completion. dry tests.
“AMR is one of many examples of Boeing’s commitment to piloting NASA astronauts as safely as possible,” said Chad Schaeffer, Commercial Crew Software Certification Manager. “The joint Boeing and NASA system and software teams worked closely together to prepare for the OFT-2 mission, including building stronger relationships and improving processes that pay dividends for our crew missions. commercial.
Mission operations teams inside the flight control rooms at Johnson Space Center in Houston controlled the simulation using live flight procedures. The record-breaking race began 26 hours before launch and continued with docking, space station rest operations, 32 hours of power-up procedures before undocking, then landing and de-docking. voltage.
NASA astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Mike Fincke monitored each dynamic event from inside the lab using crew screens connected to the simulator. Wilmore and Fincke will fly aboard Starliner’s Crew Flight Test with NASA astronaut Nicole Mann. Launch control teams from Boeing’s mission control center in Florida participated in the rehearsal with the United Launch Alliance (ULA), which supported on-site in Houston after testing Starliner hardware in its own laboratory d integration based in Denver earlier this year.
“I can sense that in the NASA / Boeing team there is a deep passion for spaceflight and doing whatever it takes to be successful in a mission,” said NASA astronaut Mike Fincke. “I am happy to be part of this team.”
An AMR will be performed prior to each future flight, which will serve as an additional test of confidence and integration recommended by the Joint NASA / Boeing Independent Review Team following Starliner’s first test flight. With the conclusion of the AMR, all actions recommended by the review team regarding the Starliner software are complete and awaiting closure by NASA. Boeing and NASA will continue to support post-test reviews and update the software to include lessons learned from the AMR campaign.
NASA and Boeing are targeting 2:53 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 30 for the launch of Starliner’s next test flight, OFT-2.
“We feel very confident in the software with the success of the end-to-end testing,” said John Vollmer, Starliner Program Director. “This campaign goes beyond our next mission. We are working to ensure the safety and success of all future Starliner flights for NASA and all future commercial customers. “