NASA flight engineers Shel Lindgren and Bob Hines continue training for the Starliner, which is scheduled to arrive on Friday, May 20 at 7:10 p.m. ET (4:10 p.m. ET). The duo reviewed the OFT-2 mission profile and rehearsed remote command of the Starliner on the computer. Earlier this week, the space station activated the means for sending and receiving data from approaching commercial spacecraft, known as Vehicle Common Communications (C2V2). Starliner will take off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket on Thursday, May 19 at 6:54 p.m. ET (3:54 p.m. PT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Lindgren and Hines also started the day, collecting and storing their blood samples for later analysis. Hines then activated the Astrobee robotic free-flying assistant in the “Kibo” experimental cabin, and Lindgren put away the roastsbreadMachine-sized cuboid robots, these autonomous devices have previously spent a day demonstrating ways to detect and repair hardware failures on the space station.
Astronaut Jessica Watkins became familiar with Astrobee’s procedures and replaced parts in the station’s waste and sanitary compartment located in the “Tranquility” module. Flight engineer Samantha Christopher Reetti from the European Space Agency (ESA) spent a full day on Friday testing the rHEALTH ONE medical device’s ability to recognize cells, microbes and proteins in microgravity.
On the Russian portion of the space station, Commander Oleg Artemiyev has been working on Friday to transfer space-tethered water from the ISS’s Progress 80 cargo spacecraft to the Zvezda service module. He also loaded old space station equipment into the ISS Progress 79 supply ship for processing. Flight engineer Denis Matveyev worked on the ventilation system and photographed the condition of the Zvezda’s interior panels. Flight engineer Sergei Korsakov continues to test the maneuverability of the European robotic arm attached to the “Nauka” multipurpose experimental module.