NASA Panel Recommends Boeing Software Process Reviews After Revealing Second Starliner Issue

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) of NASA is endorsing that the process of Boeing’s software testing is under a review following the discovery of another problem with the onboard system, which was in operation during CST-100 Starliner unscrewed Space Station test launch in December. Starliner had never made that to the Space Station according to their plan during the beginning because of an error in a mission timer, which resulted in the capsule burning so much fuel earlier in the flight.

On Thursday, during the meeting, the ASAP team disclosed that there was another software anomaly that was detected during the mission. Also, it was corrected when the capsule was in flight. Both NASA and Boeing currently are investing the issues that occurred during the test mission. Both partners stressed that the launch – which actually resulted in a fruitful Starliner re-entry and landing in the White Sands, New Mexico as well as accomplished numerous planned tests in spite of not making it to the ISS.

At the same time, also they indicated that the error with that mission timer wouldn’t have resulted in any kind of danger to any astronauts on the board. This disclosed error is like it is in more severe condition without correction. Later, it was fixed two hours prior to the re-entry of the capsule in Earth’s atmosphere.

According to the Panel, NASA has decided to step ahead and carry out an “organizational safety assessment”, which it already has conducted for the fellow commercial crew program participants SpaceX in 2019.

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