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NASA: Boeing software team had too much power over Starliner capsule

NASA: Boeing software team had too much power over Starliner capsule

Science
March 6 (UPI) -- Boeing's software team had too much influence over final decisions regarding the company's Starliner capsule, a top NASA administrator said Friday. The finding was among 61 corrective actions NASA and Boeing have agreed to make before moving ahead with another Starliner mission. A test flight in December failed to reach the International Space Station, but landed successfully in New Mexico after two days in space. NASA has not decided if it will require another test flight before sending astronauts aloft. "We had delegated too much authority to the software board to approve changes and to approve actions as it applied to software," said Douglas Loverro, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration. "Those changes should have been brought up to the overall enginee...
NASA: ‘Joint, independent team’ will probe Boeing Starliner orbital glitch

NASA: ‘Joint, independent team’ will probe Boeing Starliner orbital glitch

Science
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- NASA is establishing a "joint, independent team" to probe the failure of Boeing's Starliner space capsule to reach the International Space Station during a test flight. The investigation comes as NASA is feeling pressure to stop relying on Russian Soyuz capsules to carry astronauts to the station. Boeing and its competitor, SpaceX, are years behind schedule in developing a new spacecraft to carry people. Starliner was launched Dec. 20 without a crew, and a problem with its mission clock caused it to burn fuel needlessly. That meant it wasn't able to reach the orbit necessary to catch up with the space station. Despite the problem, Boeing and NASA said the test mission accomplished most of its goals. Initial data showed the capsule was a safe environment in which to carry ...
Starliner capsule in trouble after blasting off from US

Starliner capsule in trouble after blasting off from US

Technology
Boeing's new Starliner capsule has run into trouble on its first test flight, shortly after blasting off.The unmanned launch is a test-run for next year's planned flight that will have astronauts on board. Lift-off went smoothly, with the Atlas V rocket soaring from Florida just before sunrise and heading for the International Space Station, where it is due to arrive tomorrow.But just half an hour into its journey, Boeing reported that the capsule's insertion into orbit was not normal.Flight controllers are understood to be considering their options and insist the capsule is in a stable orbit. Advertisement Inside, is a test dummy named Rosie, which is sitting in the commander's seat. Rosie has been dressed...