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Boeing Starliner Update

While we’ve had our focus on one Space company that’s been stuck at the launch pad, another can’t seem to lift off – for different reasons – mainly software issues.

 Boeing’s Starliner’s launch has been scrubbed 3 times

The CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, atop an Atlas V rocket, was returned to the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) August 6th, where the Boeing and United Launch Alliance team’s started the assembly of support structures to access the vehicle’s Service Module. 

The next launch opportunity is coming soon but engineers have not corrected some of the larger issues, like the “unexpected valve position indications in the Service Module’s propulsion system, which led to the scrub of Tuesday’s launch”,

If Boeing misses the August 15th launch window, the next opportunity isn’t until October.

There is no word on how long the inspections and corrections will take or when the next launch will be, but for now…Starliner is a no-fly. Meanwhile, SpaceX just assembled and disassembled the world’s largest rocket in a matter of days. 

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