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More Boeing Starliner follies...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Starliner OFT-2 delay

 

 

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Crew-1 docking port relocation (NASA TV stream)

 

Crew-1 was at Harmony Forward, the arrival docking port. Crew-2 launches April 22, so Crew-1 had to move. It'll reside at the Zenith docking port until it leaves for Earth ~April 28, then this summer Cargo Dragon CRS-22 will dock at Zenith so the robotic arm can reach into its Trunk (CRS-22 will deliver a partial set of new solar arrays for ISS.)

 

 

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Boeing's Starliner OFT-2 has been delayed, again. July or August, minimum.

 

CLEARLY, a broke design.

 

 

 

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With Starliners Crew test flight not likely till 2022 and Dragon Crew-4 due in early 2022, if there are any further delay in Starliner, we may see Dragon complete its 6  operational flights before Starliner gets its first.

 

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/it-now-seems-likely-that-starliner-will-not-launch-crew-until-early-2022/

 

Although it could work out that SpaceX does its 6, then Boeing does their 6, however that is not what NASA wanted, to ensure they keep both vehicles flying.

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9 hours ago, IsItPluggedIn said:

With Starliners Crew test flight not likely till 2022 and Dragon Crew-4 due in early 2022, if there are any further delay in Starliner, we may see Dragon complete its 6  operational flights before Starliner gets its first.

 

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/04/it-now-seems-likely-that-starliner-will-not-launch-crew-until-early-2022/

 

Although it could work out that SpaceX does its 6, then Boeing does their 6, however that is not what NASA wanted, to ensure they keep both vehicles flying.

 

The lack of specific updates from Boeing isn't exactly encouraging either. General statements don't cut it. 

 

Also not encouraging is Boeing only building 3  Starliners with Vehicle 1 being retired already; only 2 active in their "fleet." SpaceX will have 5-6* Crew Dragon vehicles minimum, with several more Cargo Dragon 2's that may be upgradable if needed.

 

*depends on if the In Flight Abort test vehicle is upgraded to flight status, which is unknown.

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Yeah I foresee Boeing asking NASA for more money to "maintain capability" soon. I hope they just give the money to Sierra Navada instead

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