The passenger is an anthropomorphic test device, colloquially known as a flight dummy and is called Rosie the Rocketeer. “Rosie the Rocketer is succumbing to the next Starliner launch!” NASA Commercial Crew Program Twitter Wednesday (June 23rd).
Its launch, on top of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocketIs scheduled for July 30 at 2:53 pm EDT (1853 GMT) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral, Florida.Dubbed flight Orbital flight test 2 The (OFT-2) mission will land in the western United States after spending 5 to 10 days in orbit.
The dummy also flew on Boeing’s previous unmanned spacecraft mission in December 2019. Could not reach the space station As scheduled. Eighteen months later, the test device has a second chance to tell the engineer what the Starliner flight looks like.
During the last shortened flight, Rosie was equipped with 15 sensors to collect data on the dummy’s flight experience. This time, the sensor instead focuses on the spacecraft itself. Boeing statementIn particular, the seating infrastructure that houses astronauts.
“Rosie provided important insights into how much power her body experienced in the commander’s seat during the first OFT mission, but these new sensors , Captures data that characterizes the movements of all four crew seats, “said Dannie Dermeier, Crew Module Chief. A Boeing engineer said in a statement. “In general, all seat locations work the same, but there are small differences that engineers want to verify, ensuring that everyone gets a comfortable and enjoyable ride.”
A flight dummy weighing 180 pounds. According to Boeing, (82 kilograms) also helps stabilize the center of gravity of the vehicle in flight.
Like Dummy’s first flight, Rosie is adorned with a red and white polka-dotted scarf to honor the iconic WWII Rosie the Riveter, which is the origin of its name.But on this flight, the dummy also nods and sports a matching cloth mask. Coronavirus pandemic It exploded into the world scene shortly after Starliner’s first flight. According to the company, the mask was sewn by Makelier, who built the plane at the Boeing Factory in Seattle during World War II.
Rosie the Rocketeer serves a technical purpose, but the Boeing team considers dummies to be more important, Melanie Weber, a crew and cargo accommodation subsystem leader for the commercial crew program, said in a Boeing statement. Stated.
“We are all excited to see Rosie again on the Starliner, as Rosie symbolizes our greater goal of safely and reliably transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station. “We are,” Weber said.
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The “Rosie the Rocketeer” dummy buckles for Boeing’s second Starliner launch test
https://www.space.com/rosie-the-rocketeer-dummy-boeing-starliner-2nd-flight-photo The “Rosie the Rocketeer” dummy buckles for Boeing’s second Starliner launch test