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Tech & Science Boeing tests space crew capsule, reports problem with parachute

18:15  05 november  2019
18:15  05 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Boeing vows to fix the faulty flight-control software found to be at-fault in the 2018 Lion Air crash that killed 189 people

  Boeing vows to fix the faulty flight-control software found to be at-fault in the 2018 Lion Air crash that killed 189 people Investigators released their final report regarding the crash of a Boeing 737 Max plane operated by Lion Air in October on Friday. It said that the design of the controversial MCAS software, which continually pointed the plane's nose down "did not adequately consider the likelihood of loss of control of the aircraft," and that Boeing should have added a fail safe system. In response, Boeing said its updating the software to require input from two "angle of attack" sensors instead of one."These software changes will prevent the flight control conditions that occurred in this accident from ever happening again," Boeing said.

Boeing said Monday it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule that is supposed to take US astronauts to the International Space Station, even though one of three main parachutes designed to ease it back to earth failed to deploy. The test took place in the New Mexico desert at the.

Washington, Nov 5: Boeing says it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule that is supposed to take US astronauts to the International Space Station, even though one of three main parachutes designed to ease it back to earth failed to deploy. The test took place in the New Mexico

Boeing said Monday it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule even though one of three main parachutes designed to ease it back to earth failed to deploy.© Courtesy of Boeing Boeing said Monday it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule even though one of three main parachutes designed to ease it back to earth failed to deploy.

Boeing said Monday it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule that is supposed to take US astronauts to the International Space Station, even though one of three main parachutes designed to ease it back to earth failed to deploy.

The test took place in the New Mexico desert at the White Sands Missile Range and lasted around 95 seconds.

The Starliner was set on a small launch pad with four engines to simulate an emergency in which the capsule -- attached to the top of a rocket -- would need to quickly separate to bring the astronauts safely back to Earth.

The full Lion Air crash report hammers Boeing for design flaws that brought down a 737 Max and killed 189 people

  The full Lion Air crash report hammers Boeing for design flaws that brought down a 737 Max and killed 189 people The final report into the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max crash that killed 189 people blamed Boeing's design of the plane while also pointing to errors by the airline and its crew. It said that the design of the controversial MCAS software, which continually pointed the plane's nose down, "did not adequately consider the likelihood of loss of control of the aircraft," and that Boeing should have added a fail-safe system.The report also criticised Boeing for not informing pilots about the system and for a design issue that would keep a warning light about the plane's angle in the sky from working.

Boeing said Monday it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule that is supposed to take US astronauts to the International Space Station, even though one of three main parachutes designed to ease it back to earth failed to deploy.

Washington: Boeing says it carried out a successful test of its Starliner crew capsule that is supposed to take US astronauts to the International Space Station, even though one of three main parachutes designed to ease it back to earth failed to deploy. The test took place in the New Mexico desert at the

Its four engines ignited and blasted the Starliner at full speed to the sky. After 20 seconds, only two of its three main parachutes deployed. The spacecraft gently drifted to the ground, landing on the desert floor cushioned by large air bags.

NASA said in a statement that two out of three parachutes "is acceptable for the test parameters and crew safety."

Boeing put out a statement saying there had been a "deployment anomaly, not a parachute failure." In the aerospace industry, anomaly is the euphemism of choice for an incident, even if there has been a serious accident.

"It's too early to determine why all three main parachutes did not deploy," Boeing said.

In his first assessment, Starliner program manager John Mulholland said that "the test team and spacecraft performed flawlessly."

'We know we made mistakes' on 737 MAX - Boeing CEO

  'We know we made mistakes' on 737 MAX - Boeing CEO 'We know we made mistakes' on 737 MAX - Boeing CEO"We have learned and are still learning from these accidents, Mr. Chairman. We know we made mistakes and got some things wrong," Muilenburg will tell the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee.

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner ( Crew Space Transportation) crew capsule is a spacecraft under construction by Boeing as its participation in NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev)

Boeing and U.S. space agency NASA said they were still targeting Dec. 17 for the Starliner's first unpiloted mission to the International Space NASA has picked Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX as the main contractors to build rocket-and- capsule launch systems to return Americans to the orbiting

"Emergency scenario testing is very complex, and today our team validated that the spacecraft will keep our crew safe in the unlikely event of an abort."

Boeing is one of the companies, along with SpaceX, that NASA has chosen to build spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to the ISS.

- 'It's been a long time' -Since the end of the US Space Shuttle program in 2011, only the Russians with their Soyuz system have had the capacity to travel from the Earth to the ISS.

Boeing is planning to launch an unmanned Starliner capsule on December 17 to the ISS, as SpaceX did with its Crew Dragon capsule in March.

The first missions carrying humans should take place in 2020, according to NASA, but this schedule depends on the success of several upcoming tests.

SpaceX, for example, has yet to finalize parachute tests of its capsule.

"We hope we never need to use this system, but in case we ever have any trouble aboard the beautiful Atlas V on the launch pad, we know, after today's test, that we'll be able to get off safely and then come back and try again a different day," said former NASA astronaut and Boeing test astronaut Mike Fincke.

"It's been a long time since we've launched out of the United States," added Fincke, speaking after the White Sands test.

"We really appreciate our friends in Russia for having the launch vehicle and the Soyuz. I flew on it twice. It's a great launch vehicle, great spacecraft, but it's time to have more options," he said.

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