Boeing astronaut flight off until next year for more fixes
Boeing’s first spaceflight with astronauts has been delayed until next year because of repairs that need to be made to the capsule following its last test flight. Liftoff of the Starliner capsule with a pair of NASA test pilots is now scheduled for February, officials announced Thursday. Boeing has launched Starliner twice without a crew, most recently in May.news.yahoo.com
Boeing capsule lands back on Earth after space shakedown
It was a quick trip back: The Starliner capsule parachuted into the New Mexico desert just four hours after leaving the orbiting lab, with airbags attached to cushion the landing. Aside from thruster failures and cooling system snags, Starliner appeared to clinch its high-stakes shakedown cruise, 2 1/2 years after its botched first try. NASA astronauts will strap in next for a trip to the space station.news.yahoo.com
Boeing hit with 61 safety fixes for astronaut capsule
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Boeing faces 61 safety fixes following last year's botched test flight of its Starliner crew capsule, NASA said Friday. Douglas Loverro, NASA's human exploration and operation chief, told reporters that Boeing must first present a plan and schedule for the 61 corrective actions. Loverro said the space agency wants to verify, among other things, that Boeing has retested all the necessary software for Starliner. Boeing's Jim Chilton, a senior vice president, said his company is ready to repeat a test flight without a crew, if NASA decides on one. NASA hired Boeing and another private company, SpaceX, to develop capsules to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.
Boeing: Pin problem caused parachute issue in capsule test
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL Boeing says a problem with a pin caused its Starliner capsule to land with two instead of three parachutes earlier this week. The crew capsule underwent a safety test flight Monday, soaring nearly a mile into the New Mexico sky. Mulholland says the company is double-checking the parachute rigging on the capsule due to rocket into orbit next month. Only a dummy and some cargo will be on that test flight to the International Space Station. NASA is counting on Boeing and SpaceX to start taking astronauts to the space station from Cape Canaveral, Florida, sometime next year.
Boeing crew capsule launched mile into air on test flight
(NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, FL Boeing's crew capsule is back on land after a brief flight to test its launch abort system. The Starliner capsule carried no astronauts Monday morning, just a test dummy. The abort system will provide a fast getaway for the three astronauts if there's an emergency on the Florida pad or in flight. During Monday's test, Boeing counted down to zero, then the Starliner's launch abort engines fired. Next up is an orbital test flight.