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Boeing Starliner Launches

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Waspie_Dwarf

Boeing, ULA and NASA have launched the Boeing Starliner Commercial Crew Progam vehicle from Cape Canaveral. The Atlas V launch vehicle appears to have performed flawlessly.

There is, however a problem. The Atlas V places the Starliner on a suborbital trajectory. The Starliner then performs a burn of it's own engines to put it in the correct orbit to rendezvous with the International Space Station for docking. It seems that when the time came for this engine burn the Starliner was in the wrong orientation and the burn did not occur as planned. With no burn at all the spacecraft would have re-entered the atmosphere. NASA are reporting that the Starliner is in a stable orbit, so some sort of burn must have happened, however the burn to take it into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the ISS did not occur. NASA and Boeing are working on the problem.

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RoofGardener

Oooops :( 

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Waspie_Dwarf

The latest update from NASA:

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Despite launching successfully at 6:36 a.m. EST Friday on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is not in its planned orbit. The spacecraft currently is in a stable configuration while flight controllers are troubleshooting.

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Waspie_Dwarf

NASA is currently holding a news conference. They have said that the Starliner will not be able to reach the ISS as planned. It will raise it's orbit later today and will attempt a landing at White Sands, New Mexico on Sunday,

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Sun. Dec. 22, 10 a.m. EST:

Boeing Starliner CST-100 Orbital Flight Test post-landing news conference from Johnson Space Center. (Time subject to change.) Participating in the briefing will be:

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch Division

Steve Stich, deputy manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

NASA

 

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Champagne Supernova

..and we went to the moon in 1969......

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Waspie_Dwarf
37 minutes ago, Champagne Supernova said:

..and we went to the moon in 1969......

And your point is?

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Rolci

They cannot execute a simple docking in 2019? That's hilarious at best. I'm sure they had much better technology at their disposal half a century ago so they could achieve all those things with their eyes closed.

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InconceivableThoughts
16 hours ago, Rolci said:

They cannot execute a simple docking in 2019? That's hilarious at best. I'm sure they had much better technology at their disposal half a century ago so they could achieve all those things with their eyes closed.

Are you comparing the usa in 1969 to a private company in 2020 using different tech?

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22 hours ago, Rolci said:

They cannot execute a simple docking in 2019? That's hilarious at best. I'm sure they had much better technology at their disposal half a century ago so they could achieve all those things with their eyes closed.

Anything that is man-made can have flaws and be less than perfect.  Remember the events surrounding Apollo 13?  These private companies, on the whole, are doing amazing work.

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Jon the frog

Well Boeing didn't look good this year... 737 max huge fail, 767 tanker mishaps and grounded due to tools and debris left everywhere during construction, 777 pressurization fail, capsule fail to reach ISS...

Outch, they need to sort their s*** fast !

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Desertrat56
On 12/22/2019 at 2:01 PM, Rolci said:

They cannot execute a simple docking in 2019? That's hilarious at best. I'm sure they had much better technology at their disposal half a century ago so they could achieve all those things with their eyes closed.

It is the first launch of this type of vehicle so yeah, maybe there are some bugs to work out.

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