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Boeing’s Attempt to Compete With SpaceX Is Even More Cursed Than We Thought


Things appear fairly bleak over there.

Curses

Boeing’s Starliner, its crew capsule that rivals SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, has clearly been cursed from the beginning — and its most up-to-date issues run far deeper than preliminary stories recommended.

The excellent news is that there’s nonetheless an opportunity Starliner goes to make its May 19 International Space Station launch date after ample turmoil, CNBC stories.

The dangerous information is that the underlying valve difficulty that’s resulted in repeated setbacks is probably going going to require a full redesign, yet one more potential complication.

“A valve redesign is definitely on the table,” Boeing vice chairman Mark Nappi mentioned throughout a Wednesday information convention after information of Boeing clashing with valve producer Aerojet Rocketdyne first broke. “Once we get all the information that we need, we’ll make that decision.”

Costly Mistakes

As CNBC notes, Boeing has spent upwards of $600 million extra {dollars} to this point as a result of repeated setbacks plaguing the launch of its Starliner spacecraft.

The cursed launch has been considered by many because the airplane producer’s shedding gambit to compete with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. Both corporations have been underneath contract with NASA to determine a brand new dependable strategy to launch astronauts into house.

While SpaceX has launched 5 crewed missions to the ISS up to now, Boeing has been caught in growth hell and has but to ship an uncrewed Starliner to the orbital outpost.

Nevertheless, the continued delays — a lot of which seem to have stemmed from the identical valve difficulty — appear to have displeased NASA, who, in a uncommon about-face, re-assigned astronauts to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon from Starliner final yr after Boeing did not get its capsule into steady orbit.

In different phrases: it appears to be like like there’s much more hassle in aerospace manufacturing paradise than we thought.

READ MORE: Boeing considers redesigning problematic valve that has stored Starliner from flying NASA astronauts [CNBC]

More on Starliner’s fails: Piece Falls Off Boeing Starliner As It Trundles Toward Launchpad

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