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    Edit: never mind. moved to "When you just HAVE to make a joke".

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    "NASA and Boeing outline schedule of Starliner test flights"

    https://spacenews.com/nasa-and-boein...-test-flights/

    NASA and Boeing announced an updated schedule of test flights of the company’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle that would allow it to begin operational missions to the International Space Station at the end of 2021.

    In an Aug. 28 statement, NASA said it had scheduled a second uncrewed test flight, known as Orbital Flight Test (OFT) 2, for no earlier than December. That mission will be a repeat of the original OFT mission flown last December, which was cut short by technical problems that prevented the spacecraft from approaching and docking with the ISS.

    The NASA statement confirmed recent comments by agency officials on the schedule for OFT-2. “The Boeing folks are working hard for their reflight to be done by the end of the year, maybe early January,” Kathy Lueders, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said in an Aug. 24 webinar during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Propulsion and Energy Forum.
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    "Boeing's Starliner makes progress ahead of flight test with astronauts"

    https://www.spacedaily.com/reports/B...nauts_999.html

    NASA and Boeing continue to make progress toward the company's second uncrewed flight test of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft prior to flying astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

    The Commercial Crew Program currently is targeting no earlier than December 2020 for launch of the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) pending hardware readiness, flight software qualification, and launch vehicle and space station manifest priorities.
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    If you just read these two articles you would think OFT-1 had a couple of minor glitches rather than being a fiasco that revealed 80 faults on a vehicle that was supposedly performing its final test before going live. Really wish the money spent on Starliner had gone to the Dreamchaser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    If you just read these two articles you would think OFT-1 had a couple of minor glitches rather than being a fiasco that revealed 80 faults on a vehicle that was supposedly performing its final test before going live. Really wish the money spent on Starliner had gone to the Dreamchaser.
    Agreed, and Boeing's really in the woodshed over this and other screwups.

    Meanwhile, Dream Chaser faces its own challenge; it's married to the Vulcan-Centaur launcher which, with New Glenn, is delayed by Blue Origin's persistent BE-4 engine troubles. Now Blue's saying it won't hit stride until Block 2, for which they're hiring a new Chief Engineer for the development team. Hmmm...

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    Thomas Pesquet (ESA) is riding Crew Dragon for the March/April Crew-2 mission.

    https://twitter.com/Thom_astro/statu...89832269803520

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    45 years of cockpit evolution!! I had the chance to be at the controls of the very analog (and hyper reliable) #Soyuz, the @ Airbus Airbus A310 from Novespace, the A350, then finally the @SpaceX Crew Dragon and its cockpit (almost) fully digital. #AvGeek*

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmordrid View Post
    Agreed, and Boeing's really in the woodshed over this and other screwups.
    Yeah, and we still have the SLS hotfire to look forward to this year, you would like to think they've done a better job there, but I wouldn't want to bet anything valuable on it.

    Meanwhile, Dream Chaser faces its own challenge; it's married to the Vulcan-Centaur launcher which, with New Glenn, is delayed by Blue Origin's persistent BE-4 engine troubles. Now Blue's saying it won't hit stride until Block 2, for which they're hiring a new Chief Engineer for the development team. Hmmm...
    Yeah SNC are in a corner. After all the need for redundancy means that even if they could get a ride on the Falcon 9 NASA would probably reject it. When they originally signed up with ULA they were looking at flying on a nice, proven, Atlas V. Really, really wish that Blue Origin would put something out deck besides the New Shepard.

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    Thomas Pesquet (ESA) is riding Crew Dragon for the March/April Crew-2 mission.

    https://twitter.com/Thom_astro/statu...89832269803520

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    Very cool.

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    First US Space Force astronaut: Michael Hopkins

    Mission: Crew Dragon Crew-1

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    https://twitter.com/spacemen1969/sta...39097568022528

    Translation: The first astronaut in the US Space Force should be Michael Hopkins according to this list of appointments (with the rank of Colonel)

    https://t.co/yK31zUkkM5?amp=1

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    The commander of Boeing’s first Starliner mission says he’s decided to step down for personal reasons.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/07/tech/...scn/index.html

    New York (CNN Business)Former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson says he no longer plans to command the first-ever crewed mission of the Boeing Starliner, the spacecraft he's spent the last decade helping to build.

    NASA and Boeing made the announcement Wednesday morning, saying Ferguson made the decision for "personal reasons." Ferguson said in a follow-up tweet that he plans to prioritize his family, and he "made several commitments which I simply cannot risk missing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    The commander of Boeing’s first Starliner mission says he’s decided to step down for personal reasons.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/07/tech/...scn/index.html
    Well I suppose with the flight being 18 months later than expected its not entirely surprising, but I also wouldn't be surprised if it reflected a lack of confidence in Starliner whatever he has to say in public.

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    Sounds like Starliner OFT-2 (rerun uncrewed test flight) is slipping into Q1 2021, if not later.

    Boeing just hired a former SpaceX & Tesla software guru to sort out their software mess.

    https://www.defensenews.com/industry...executive-job/

    Boeing hires former SpaceX engineer for new software executive job

    WASHINGTON — Boeing on Friday announced it hired Jinnah Hosein as vice president of software engineering, a new role at the aerospace giant.
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    Hosein’s resume reads like a defense industry wish list of Silicon Valley stops. He worked as Google’s director of software engineering for cloud networking, helped design Tesla’s autopilot software and most recently worked as software lead for self-driving startup Aurora.

    But it’s his experiences at SpaceX — where he was key to software development for the Falcon, Falcon Heavy, Dragon and Crew Dragon vehicles — that Boeing may look to draw from the most.
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    Crew Dragon certified!

    https://spacenews.com/nasa-certifies...crew-1-launch/

    NASA certifies SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft ahead of Crew-1 launch

    WASHINGTON — NASA formally certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft for transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station, clearing the way for a Nov. 14 launch.

    Agency officials completed the certification of the spacecraft by signing a document known as a Human Rating Certification Plan during a flight readiness review for the Crew-1 mission Nov. 10. That confirmed that SpaceX met all of NASA’s requirements for safely carrying astronauts on the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
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