Boeing continues Starliner delay Persuaded NASA to hedge its bet. SpaceNews Report NASA Planning to order Three more crew SpaceX flights to ensure “uninterrupted” U.S. travel to the International Space Station by 2023. Of the company Crew Dragon The only system that meets the partner country and security requirements in the window when needed, the company said. In other words, if Boeing is not ready, NASA does not want to stay without a ride on the ISS.
After delaying a second orbital test to investigate an oxidizer isolation valve problem, NASA was pleased to be focusing on a “schedule on safety” for the Boeing Starliner. However, it still binds the administration. Associate Administrator Kathy Lloyders said it was now “important” to get additional flights to keep the United States in the ISS.
This will not endanger Boeing’s capsules. NASA still wanted two different crew systems to guarantee redundancy and it planned to switch between Crew Dragon and Starliner when both were available. Officials insisted the deal did not prevent NASA from changing the deal to get extra flights.
Nonetheless, the targeted purchase is a push for Boeing. Starliner plays a key role in Boeing’s commercial spaceflight program and, as evidenced by the fact that it can compete with fast-paced ‘newcomers’ like SpaceX in private space competitions, unofficially, the transport veteran. Crew Dragon backup plans reflect some lost confidence in Boeing, even if the move is only temporary.
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