Starliner launches to space (but not ISS)

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Boeing provides update, path forward for Starliner
- Boeing can prepare another capsule for a flight this year and ULA can provide an Atlas rocket to launch it (not that surprising, they wanted to fly crew this year anyway)
- Boeing highlights things that went well. Electricity consumption/demand had more contingency than expected, the heat shield was stressed less than planned, thrusters were able to operate beyond their planned performance (which turned out to be necessary to put the capsule into a good orbit...), ...
- Boeing will perform a launch-to-docking and an undocking-to-landing software test
- The deorbit software bug was not caught because the simulation assumed a wrong thruster configuration (and presumably the code used by the capsule did so as well). Legacy software also made the Ariane 5 maiden flight fail.
- NASA will give an update on March 6. However:
Boeing officials cautioned that NASA might not be ready to make an announcement at that briefing as to whether a reflight of the Orbital Flight Test will be required.
 
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If NASA is smart about it, they'd take into account Boeing's entire history (recent) and make them do a hardware test to prove that the system actually works as opposed to taking their word for it. the culture in the space division is no different than in the commercial airliner division.
 
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Update from Boeing.
The Boeing Company is honored to be a provider for the Commercial Crew mission. We are committed to the safety of the men and women who design, build and ultimately will fly on the Starliner just as we have on every crewed mission to space. We have chosen to refly our Orbital Flight Test to demonstrate the quality of the Starliner system. Flying another uncrewed flight will allow us to complete all flight test objectives and evaluate the performance of the second Starliner vehicle at no cost to the taxpayer. We will then proceed to the tremendous responsibility and privilege of flying astronauts to the International Space Station.
Quite sure Boeing "chose" to do that because NASA insisted on it.
 
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