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This really should have its own thread, so I have started one.

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NASA says that the assessment of Boeing's safety culture, ordered in the wake of the flawed OFT-1 mission, has been postponed until after OFT-2 because of Covid. That’s a delay of more than a year. The agency says it will complete the review before Boeing’s crewed flight test. 1/

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From the statement: “The goal of the OSA is to provide a comprehensive safety assessment through individual employee interviews with a sampling from a cross-section of personnel, including senior managers, mid-level management and supervision, and engineers and technicians...” 2/

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“NASA currently is working to determine the best approach for conducting the employee interviews given COVID-19 restrictions to ensure we are moving forward as safely as possible while still gathering the data we need for the assessment.” 3/

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“NASA continues to maintain insight into Boeing’s compliance with the agency's safety requirements and processes through normal work activities.” 4/
 

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View: https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1366445760267583496

Stich says the OFT-2 Starliner mission is about two weeks behind schedule in part because of lost time to do software work in Houston during last month’s winter storm.
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The second unpiloted test flight of Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule to the International Space Station is not expected to launch before May after the recent winter storm in Texas impacted a facility required for spacecraft software testing. spaceflightnow.com/2021/03/02/boe…
 

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There's no official confirmation of this yet, but another launch slip of Boeing's Orbital Flight 2 mission is coming. @SpaceflightNow has already moved the mission to "Late July" and a source tells me the same. May be due to avionics, but I'm not certain.

View: https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/1377385340361662467


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Reflight of @BoeingSpace CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test (OFT-2)to @Space_Station not expected until Aug-Sept timeframe, says NASA
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NASA’s Steve Stich says teams are looking at the August/September timeframe for Boeing’s second Starliner Orbital Flight Test, and the Starliner Crew Flight Test toward the end of this year.
 

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NASA and Boeing Targeting August/September for Starliner’s Uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 Launch
April 17, 2021

NASA and Boeing are targeting August/September for the launch of Starliner’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission to the International Space Station and will evaluate options if an earlier launch opportunity becomes available. The current schedule is supported by a space station docking opportunity and the availability of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket and Eastern Range.

Boeing will be mission-ready in May should another launch opportunity arise. The Starliner team has completed all work on the OFT-2 vehicle except for activity to be conducted closer to launch, such as loading cargo and fueling the spacecraft. The team also has submitted all verification and validation paperwork to NASA and is completing all Independent Review Team recommended actions including those that were not mandatory ahead of OFT-2.

Software and Mission Operations teammates in Houston have been hard at work conducting flight software simulations, including end-to-end confidence and integration testing that will serve as a mission dress rehearsal before every future Starliner flight. Boeing expects to conclude all software testing in April and will support the agency’s post-test reviews as needed.

The Starliner team is now preparing for the Crew Flight Test (CFT) to enable the shortest turnaround time possible between flights while maintaining its focus on crew safety. NASA’s CFT astronauts recently suited up and climbed aboard Starliner to perform a fully integrated and powered checkout of the OFT-2 vehicle supported by life support and communications systems. The OFT-2 spacecraft and all systems are nearly identical to those that will fly during Starliner’s first crewed mission, which will be the second flight of that spacecraft.

Safely and sustainably transporting crew and cargo to and from low Earth orbit destinations for NASA and other future customers is the ultimate goal. Boeing is confident in the Starliner vehicle, the team and the missions ahead as the program nears the completion of its development phase.
 

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Regarding the above as the history of how the launch date has slipped. As of now Steve Stich confirmed that the Aug-Sep time frame during the Space-X post landing crew conference.
 

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Well it has to be said: SpaceX won by K.O there. Boeing managed to perform the first unmanned flight ahead of them, but paid a huge price to it.

Boeing is quite lucky NASA wants redundancy aside Dragon 2, otherwise they would be toast. "Plan B" however could be as diverse as a) Orion b) Soyuz c) manned Dreamchaser or d) Starship.

Boeing should really watch their back... "the times they are changing" as sang Dylan a long time ago...
 

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18 months has pass by
Boeing for moment bring one excuse after another, why OFT-2 is not happen yet

Covid-19, power lost in Texas and that Docking ports at ISS were blocked by the evil SpaceX with a fleet of Crew Dragon...

I bet the Next excuse will be "weep, weep, we can't launch, we run out Atlas V, we have to make Vulcan Manned-rated, NASA we need more money..."
 

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18 months has pass by
Boeing for moment bring one excuse after another, why OFT-2 is not happen yet

Covid-19, power lost in Texas and that Docking ports at ISS were blocked by the evil SpaceX with a fleet of Crew Dragon...

I bet the Next excuse will be "weep, weep, we can't launch, we run out Atlas V, we have to make Vulcan Manned-rated, NASA we need more money..."
Sometimes the best PR advice is 'If you can't say anything good, don't say anything - you'll just draw (the shareholders') attention to your problems'.
 

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18 months has pass by
Boeing for moment bring one excuse after another, why OFT-2 is not happen yet

Covid-19, power lost in Texas and that Docking ports at ISS were blocked by the evil SpaceX with a fleet of Crew Dragon...

I bet the Next excuse will be "weep, weep, we can't launch, we run out Atlas V, we have to make Vulcan Manned-rated, NASA we need more money..."
Sometimes the best PR advice is 'If you can't say anything good, don't say anything - you'll just draw (the shareholders') attention to your problems'.
That applies to postings as well.
 

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