by Douglas Messier
To truly understand how problem plagued Boeing’s orbital flight test of its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft was in December, all one needs to do is to look at the numbers.
- 2: Boeing could have lost the automated spacecraft in flight on two separate occasions, once after launch and again before reentry;
- 3: number of glitches (two software, one communications) that nearly resulted in the loss of the spacecraft;
- 49: gaps in software testing where software bugs might have been found;
- 61: corrective actions recommended by joint independent review team investigating the anomalies;
- 410,000,000: Cost in dollars to Boeing if has to redo an automated flight test to the International Space Station (ISS) before conducting one with crew;
- 4,200,000,000: Cost in dollars of what NASA is paying Boeing to develop and test Starliner.
On Friday, Boeing and NASA officials briefed the media on the results of an independent review team’s investigation of Starliner’s partially successful flight test just before Christmas.(more…)