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Boeing will have to reattempt failed Starliner test flight

April 7th, 2020

Boeing will attempt another test flight to the International Space Station without crew members aboard its Starliner spacecraft, the company announced this week.  Late last year, Boeing’s Starliner failed to make it to the space station after a glitch caused the vehicle to burn too much fuel too early in the trip.  SpaceX’s Crew Dragon …

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Boeing’s Starliner just can’t stop breaking

February 10th, 2020

December 20th, 2019, was supposed to be a groundbreaking day for NASA and Boeing, with the latter’s Starliner spacecraft making its maiden voyage for the International Space Station. Empty of crew for the test flight, things seemed to be going well until a “glitch” in the spacecraft’s timer led it to burn more fuel than …

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Boeing says its Starliner will be easy to refurbish

January 17th, 2020

SpaceX has made a name for itself by producing space-faring hardware that is easily refurbished. The company’s Falcon rockets can be reused multiple times, reducing the turnaround time between launches and lowering costs. Now, with the battle between Boeing and SpaceX heating up, Boeing is boasting that its own Starliner crew capsule will be easy …

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Boeing’s Starliner gets thumbs up for Friday launch

December 18th, 2019

Boeing’s Starliner capsule is built to carry astronauts. It’s one of NASA’s two big bets on commercial crew vehicles, with the other being SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The race between Boeing and SpaceX has been well documented, and both companies have seen their fair share of setbacks. Now, with 2019 winding down, both NASA and Boeing …

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Boeing’s Starliner falls short of perfection in launch abort test

November 5th, 2019

Boeing’s Starliner has seen many, many delays, cost overruns, and setbacks during its lengthy development. NASA is paying Boeing a fortune for its work on the crew-capable spacecraft, and it’s yet to see a return on that significant investment. On Monday, Boeing had a chance to show that the Starliner project was nearing the finish …

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Boeing’s Starliner is officially delayed, again

April 3rd, 2019

It hasn’t been a great year thus far for Boeing. The company has been dealing with a whole bunch of its commercial planes being grounded due to a pair of crashes that claimed hundreds of lives, and its contract with NASA to deliver a crewed spacecraft has resulted in nothing but cost overruns and massive …