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DocM    15,966

 

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DocM    15,966
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As expected; Starliner is unlikely too carry crew until 2020, and even that date is full of uncertainty. 

 

Boeing is up to its knees in mixed mammal   excrement, and NASA is not happy.

 

Makes one wonder what it'll take for NASA to do what they did to Rocketplane Kistler during Commercial Cargo; cancel the contract and shift the un-spent funding to the next-in-line; Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane.

 

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/boeing-officially-delays-starliner-test-flight-to-august/

 

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Starliner's first flight delayed, crew mission not likely before 2020

After several weeks of rumors, NASA has officially announced that the first test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft will slip from April to August. However, it's worth noting that NASA still characterizes that as a "working date" rather than a confirmed launch date.

As part of the announcement, the agency also said that the first crewed test flight of Starliner to the International Space Stationwhich theoretically could come before the end of 2019, but now seems doubtfulwill be of extended duration. "NASA's assessment of extending the mission was found to be technically achievable without compromising the safety of the crew," said Phil McAlister, director of the commercial spaceflight division at NASA Headquarters, in a news release. The agency did not say how many months the crew would stay on station.

Extending Starliner's first flight gives NASA more options as it seeks to keep its crew members on the space station. In February, the space agency also began exploring the possibility of buying additional Soyuz rides to the space station through September, 2020, as it waits for Starliner and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to begin operational service. Sources have indicated that this may also be one way to funnel more money to Boeing above its fixed price contract value in the commercial crew program, as NASA may in effect purchase these seats as part of an operational mission.
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Unobscured Vision    2,642

Yep, saw this earlier. Watch that it slips further now that there's "no rush". SpaceX has already won the race.

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Did you see Bridenstein's town hall? He actually said, in front of NASA center managers, that the only US rendezvous and docking capability resides at SpaceX via Dragon 2/Crew Dragon.

 

Drop. Mic.

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Unobscured Vision    2,642

Further proof that SpaceX has won the race.

 

I'd still like Starliner to work -- only this time without the schedule pressure. Build the best craft they can build. It's said that competition is good for everybody and I believe it -- so be that competition. :yes: Push the technologies without sacrificing safety ....

 

And use Vulcan. Don't use Atlas V. Don't use some convoluted launch profile because the rocket can't cope ("Black Zones").

 

But ORION ... that beast needs to be put out of it's misery already.

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DocM    15,966

 

"Hardware readiness" in July doesn't necessarily  translate to launching in July, but it should  mean a late Q3/early Q4 launch is possible.

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