NASA, Boeing targeting March 2021 for next Starliner test flight

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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule will launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2021, if all goes according to plan.

Boeing and NASA announced on Wednesday (Dec. 9) that they’re targeting March 29 for the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2), Starliner’s second attempt to meet up with the orbiting lab. On the first try, in December 2019, Starliner suffered a glitch with its onboard timing system, got stranded in the wrong orbit and came back down to Earth without achieving the planned rendezvous.

Date: 2020-12-10T12:22:00Z
Author: Mike Wall
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Quite a lot has been going on:

NASA, Boeing targeting March 2021 for next Starliner test flight

A post-flight investigation of OFT-1 revealed several problems with the capsule’s software. But the Starliner team has been working through those issues and is now formally qualifying the flight software ahead of OFT-2.

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“NASA and Boeing are doing a tremendous amount of work on all aspects of their flight software, running numerous cases through the Boeing high-fidelity simulation environment that includes the Starliner avionics,” Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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NASA and Boeing set do-over Starliner orbital test flight for March 2021

Boeing originally flew the first version of this mission last December. The company’s Starliner CST-100 crew spacecraft took off as planned aboard a ULA rocket, which performed its part of the mission perfectly. The capsule encountered an error with its onboard mission timer, however, and due to a momentary blackout in ground communications, it wasn’t able to be corrected in time to preserve enough fuel to keep Starliner on track to rendez-vous with the Space Station, which was among the primary goals of the demonstration flight.

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NASA, Boeing Target New Launch Date for Next Starliner Flight Test from Cape Canaveral

BREVARD COUNTY ‘ CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA ‘ NASA and Boeing now are targeting March 29 for the launch of Starliner’s second uncrewed flight test to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) is a critical developmental milestone on the company’s path toward flying crew missions for NASA.

For the OFT-2 mission, the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, dock to the International Space Station and return to land in the western United States about a week later as part of an end-to-end test to prove the system is ready to fly crew.

Publisher: Space Coast Daily
Date: 2020-12-10T12:00:12Z
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Boeing, NASA set March date for Starliner orbital test flight redo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ‘ More than a year after Boeing’s orbital test flight of its Starliner spacecraft went awry the company will go again.

Boeing and NASA announced March 29, 2021 for the next launch of the capsule designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. There won’t be any humans on this flight but it’s the final test before Boeing can launch astronauts for NASA.

After an extensive joint investigation with NASA, Boeing officials say they are ready for orbital flight test 2, or OFT-2. ULA will again launch the spacecraft for Boeing from Cape Canaveral.

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Date: 2020-12-10T15:55:14.486Z
Author: Emilee Speck
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A year behind SpaceX, Boeing Starliner redo of test flight pushed to 2021

In’December 2019, things were looking up for’Boeing’when it launched its CST-100 Starliner from’Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The uncrewed flight was supposed to prove out the space vehicle’s ability to dock with the’International Space Station, and if things went well,’Boeing’would be moving on to the next step, a test flight with humans aboard, and then certification, and then get about the business of ferrying astronauts to and from the station on a normal basis.

While Starliner launched and landed safely, it did not ever make it to the space station, and a review of the problems with that flight have forced’NASA’and’Boeing’to take a hard look at software, hardware and workflow, and now they have to redo step 1.

Publisher: American Military News
Date: 2020-11-23T14:29:01Z
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