Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

Boeing Seeks Redemption as It Readies Starliner for Yet Another Launch Attempt

Hard to believe, but it’s been nearly two and a half years since Boeing’s first botched test of its Starliner CST-100 spacecraft. Yep, it’s been a minute, so here’s a recap of the past 28 tumultuous months, and how Boeing might finally make good on providing a viable commercial crew vehicle for NASA. The two previous tests, one in 2019 (Orbital Flight Test-1) and the other last year (Orbital Flight Test-2), did not go well, to say the least. In the first test, the capsule made it to orbit but then glitched and never reached the space station. In the second, stuck valves kept Starliner on the ground. Boeing is developing this capsule under a $4.3 billion contract as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, but it has fallen badly …
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