NASA completes review of flawed flight of Boeing Starliner spacecraft to International Space Station

Video: NASA completes review of flawed flight of Boeing Starliner spacecraft to ISS

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA has completed its final major review of December’s flawed launch of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft.

The uncrewed orbital test flight of Starliner meant to demonstrate the spacecraft was ready to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. But Starliner never made it to the space station due to a technical issue while trying to reach low-Earth orbit.

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A review team has identified a total of 80 recommendations that Boeing, in collaboration with NASA, is addressing ahead of the company's next uncrewed mission.

“I would say the pacing item right now for flight is getting all the software upgrades in place and tested for flight as early as later this calendar year,” said Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Boeing and NASA have concentrated on some key areas. Two were related to software errors and the third was an intermittent space to ground communication issue. 

The most recent review looked at any areas that may have contributed to those problems.

“We’ve actually staffed up within the program and added a number of personnel to work side by side with Boeing as they implement the recommendations,” Stich said.