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Boeing Starliner epic launch fails! No way to beat SpaceX & Elon Musk.

Boeing Starliner epic launch fails! No way to beat SpaceX & Elon Musk.

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Boeing Starliner epic launch fails! No way to beat SpaceX & Elon Musk.
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Starliner test flight likely to slip to 2022

Boeing, once a major player in space, has suffered a string of setbacks, failures, and legal challenges in recent years that have chipped away its dominance in the space industry. The company’s space unit has been lapped by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and left to watch on the sidelines with ambitious programs, from sending astronauts to the International Space Station, returning humans, finally the Moon surface and Mars.

Boeing will try to mend its reputation during an uncrewed test of its Starliner astronaut capsule to the ISS. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner is one of two spacecraft funded by NASA as part of the Commercial Crew Program. The other, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, is far ahead, with three astronaut missions already under its belt. Boeing got hung up on the Orbital Flight Test (OFT) in late 2019. After experiencing several system failures, Starliner failed to rendezvous with the ISS. The company has been trying to get the re-do, known as OFT-2, off the ground ever since.

Eighteen months of grueling technical investigations and a string of leadership shake-ups have brought Boeing back to the launchpad for a $410 million do-over that would put it on track for its first launch with humans aboard later this year.

However, the test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, delayed by a valve problem in August, is unlikely to take place before sometime next year, NASA officials said Sept. 21.
So, why is the timeline pushed back so far? How is exactly the current status of Starliner?
Firstly, it is related to the complexity of the repair process:
Nearly six weeks have passed since Boeing said it would de-stack its Starliner spacecraft from an Atlas V rocket and return the vehicle to its factory for “deeper-level” troubleshooting of problematic valves.

On Tuesday, NASA’s chief of human spaceflight operations, Kathy Lueders, recently said teams of engineers and technicians from Boeing and NASA are continuing to assess the issue with sticky valves. “I think the team’s making great progress on further troubleshooting,” she said.
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