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6 minutes ago, mikegarrison said:

Apparently they are waiting right now until they can make sure they are not going to have a TDRSS handover during the middle of it.

Weren't they also hoping to have sunlight?  They might have to wait another window for that

Another delay for "issue with NDS" (NASA docking system presumably)

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6 minutes ago, mikegarrison said:

Apparently they are waiting right now until they can make sure they are not going to have a TDRSS handover during the middle of it.

Yeah, they've had some issues with TDRSS coverage.

PAO is doing a good job.

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If the graphics reflect actual telemetry then it seemed to lock onto the docking cone like a rock for awhile, then started drifting off.  Now it doesn't seem to want to re-center on the cone

 

...30 minute delay announced

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Based on this video, they use MechJeb for approaching.

Thrusters do not stop for a moment.

Spoiler

 


Happily, they switched it off immediately after the docking. You know...

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So, it has two sets of prepared holes at the places assigned by standard for fluid pipelines.
(Two diagonally placed black frames with four rectangular openings, one of them with a lamp.)
https://www.internationaldockingstandard.com/download/IDSS_IDD_Revision_E_TAGGED.pdf , pg. 3-38

It's where Dragon has four fore engines.
So, unlike SpaceX, Boeing optimistically keeps in mind the ability to refuel the station or bring water.

As the CST-100 crew capsule certainly doesn't have pipes from the back throw the ship, this probably means they (keep in maind / are going to implement / already have but hesitate to show )
a Starliner Progress version.

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The ship is not dockable in this version.
Every hook slot has only one, the actuve hook. Som can only hook, but not be hooked.

Also, the central docking target doesn't exist, a hatch window  is instead of it.
And still no room around the port for the peripheral docking targets.

So, not to be docked, not to be rescued. As previously, its androginity stays a fiction.

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The hatch door is placed where the Dragon's engine placed.
Greed won, they decided to make the door reusable.

At the same time, it opens through the top hole of the parachute shroud.
So, while the door is opened, the shroud can't be jettisonned.

So, the door should be jettisonnable.

As the docking port was designed as jettisonnable itself from the very beginning, but didn't have a door, it looks like a nice set of flying pyrotechnics.

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3 minutes ago, Geonovast said:

Except he's not indicating 0g very well.

Probably too busy flying the spacecraft, only Jeb could recover from multiple thruster failures and still successfully dock.

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