July 7, 2022

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Boeing tries to capture SpaceX after several plays

But, it did not come to fruition.

Meanwhile, Boeing is trying to pass an unmanned test aircraft. The company hopes to make its second attempt this week, fixing its image as a fallen star in flawless performance human spaceflight.

The controversy surrounding Starliner added to other things Problems in Boeing’s commercial aviation division This has undermined the company’s previous firm image over the past several years.

Look back at Starliner’s past endeavors here.

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In 2014, NASA awarded fixed price contracts – meaning that the aerospace company would pay only the agreed starting price, and not even a penny – to Boeing and SpaceX. The move confirmed NASA’s openings as astronaut return missions under the Business Group program. Boeing’s prize money totals $ 4.2 billion, which is a whopping $ 2.6 billion compared to SpaceX’s, although the company claims that SpaceX has already received millions to build the unmanned version of DragonCraft.

Although both spacecraft were expected to launch astronauts a few years later, by the end of the decade it was clear that SpaceX had sold more than Boeing.

The company’s first unmanned aerial vehicle test, dubbed the OFT-1, arrived at the launch site in December 2019 when SpaceX He had already beaten him for six months.

As soon as Starliner was launched on December 20, 2019, it became clear that something was wrong.

Later, NASA and Boeing officials told reporters that the spacecraft had been mistakenly shot and stumbled as Starliner’s internal clock failed for 11 hours. Starliner was soon forced to return to Earth.

A few months later, a second serious software problem emerged, which caused a “catastrophic failure,” a government security official said. Boeing (Bachelor) He was able to identify and correct the error before it affected Starliner’s behavior.

Boeing agreed to set aside nearly half a billion dollars to solve the problems and pay for the second attempt of the unmanned test flight. After several months of adjustment, safety reviews and investigations, the test aircraft.

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The former astronaut resigned

Former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson left the State Astronaut Corps in 2011 to help design and build the Starliner for Boeing, a private astronaut planned to carry Starliner’s first humans. But after the initial flight test failed, citing planning discrepancies, Ferguson announced that the plane could no longer fly.

NASA and Boeing To announce this In late 2020, says Ferguson This decision was made “for personal reasons”. Ferguson said Keep tweeting He planned to prioritize his family, and he “made many commitments that I did not risk losing.”

Although the manned mission has changed several times, there do not appear to be any plans to bring Ferguson back to work.

It was NASA astronaut, Barry “Butch” Wilmore Hiring To take the place of Ferguson.

Viscous valves and FL humidity

Boeing thought last year it was ready to send the Starliner for testing, and plans a second attempt at an orbiting flying test in August – known as the OFT-2.

The United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket, with the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, was spotted after taking off from a vertical integration facility into the launch pad at Space Launcher Complex 41, prior to the launch of Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) on Wednesday.  , May 18, 2022 at the launch site.  Cape Canaveral Space Force in Florida.

More problems arose quickly. When the spacecraft was moved to its launch site and began conducting pre-flight ground tests, engineers discovered that Starliner’s main valves were sticking out. Eventually Boeing announced that the problem at the launch site could not be fixed, and that the entire vehicle would have to return to the assembly building for repairs.

In mid-August, Boeing gave up trying to fix problems at the site. Must be Starliner Sent to Boeing Factory.

At press conferences that led to the test fight on Thursday, Boeing officials said they would fly the OFT-2 this week with a “short-term” modification, but that the company could eventually choose to redesign the fuse system.

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Other cases

The latest report adds questions surrounding Boeing’s safety practices when it returns to the Starliner launch site this week. ReutersThis illustrates the previously unnoticed case against Boeing last year by a subcontractor who allegedly amputated part of his leg after an accident before testing the 2017 Starliner parachute.

Boeing confirmed in a statement that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the employee and subcontractor. “The matter has been resolved by all parties and the terms of the settlement are confidential,” the statement said.

Court documents confirm that the case was settled in December 2021.