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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-06-2020 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please use this topic to discuss Boeing's CST-100 Starliner second Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2) uncrewed mission to the International Space Station.

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Boeing release
Boeing Statement on Starliner's Next Flight

The Boeing Company is honored to be a provider for the Commercial Crew mission. We are committed to the safety of the men and women who design, build and ultimately will fly on the Starliner just as we have on every crewed mission to space.

We have chosen to refly our Orbital Flight Test to demonstrate the quality of the Starliner system. Flying another uncrewed flight will allow us to complete all flight test objectives and evaluate the performance of the second Starliner vehicle at no cost to the taxpayer. We will then proceed to the tremendous responsibility and privilege of flying astronauts to the International Space Station.

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From the Washington Post:
[The] flight likely will occur sometime in October or November, meaning the company probably won't fly a mission with astronauts on board this year, according to a person familiar with the plans but not authorized to speak publicly. Repeating the mission and investigating other problems with Starliner is an expensive proposition: Earlier this year, Boeing said it was taking a $410 million charge to offset the cost.

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Will Boeing re-use the same Starliner command module for the second OFT or a new one?

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The second OFT will be flown using Spacecraft 2, which was previously being prepared for the crew flight test (CFT). Spacecraft 3 ("Calypso") is undergoing refurbishment after flying the first OFT in December 2019.

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