Boeing : will redo Starliner capsule's uncrewed test flight

James Marshall
April 7, 2020

Boeing and Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, are separately building space taxis to ferry astronauts to the space station under NASA's effort to revive its human spaceflight program.

The capsule ended up in the wrong orbit and, as a result, could not reach the International Space Station as intended.

"We've chose to fly a second Orbital Flight Test because we are committed to the safety of those who design, build and ultimately will fly on #Starliner", Boeing posted on Twitter. All things considered, it stayed indistinct in the case of Boeing would launch another OFT or continue legitimately to the following period of Starliner vetting, a crewed test flight to the ISS.

The company has acknowledged that one of its biggest problems with Starliner was a decision to break up tests of its flight software into segments, rather than run "end-to-end" tests from liftoff to docking at the station, and from undocking to landing.

A NASA probe into Boeing's first uncrewed space flight found problems with the company's software.

Although no new launch date has been set, NASA on Monday said it has accepted the proposal to fly the mission again and will work side-by-side with Boeing to resume flight tests to the space station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Programme.

NASA officials held back on ordering a redo because they "didn't think it would be sufficient" to address all of the concerns raised in the safety review.

NASA selected SpaceX and Boeing to create integrated spacecraft, rockets and associated systems to carry astronauts on NASA missions in September 2014. But the company already completed an unmanned demonstration flight previous year, and is now preparing to launch its first crewed mission this spring. "We will then proceed to the tremendous responsibility and privilege of flying astronauts to the International Space Station".

The shuttle missions came to an end with the Atlantis shuttle on July 21, 2011 after STS-135.

No timeline has been given for the OFT re-flight, but it's definitely going to impact the schedule for when Boeing will be able to fly its first astronauts aboard Starliner.

© Provided by CBS News Boeing's CST-100 Starliner seen on NASA television shortly after the capsule landed in New Mexico last December following a shortened test flight.

The crew flight tests will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in 2019.

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