Boeing's 1st Starliner astronaut mission return delayed to June 22

May 9, 2024
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The NASA spokesperson's statement regarding the six month ISS stay capabilities of the Boeing Starliner is one of the best examples of pretending to actually say something I've ever come across.
 
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Jun 14, 2024
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Five different leaks in the propulsion system. NASA refuses to comment on the possibility of a rescue mission.

'The extra time allows the team to finalize departure planning and operations while the spacecraft remains cleared for crew emergency return scenarios within the flight rules,' NASA and Boeing said in a statement.

Pray for the best.
 
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Complacency and arrogant leadership leads to crashed spacecraft and dead astronauts! SpaceX is in it for the exploration and the knowledge of "what's out there", Boeing is in it for the $$$$!
 
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Depend on what you call "free". It is certainly developing launch systems "free" from government subsidy. As with any commercial enterprise, it intends to make some money with the system, as it has done with its Falcon 9 launch system and StarLink satellites. But, SpaceX seems to be driven by the goal of putting people on Mars, rather than buying the biggest yacht on the ocean. And, the result so far has been leading the way for other companies and other nations. So, it's hard to criticize the model based on the results, so far.
 

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I am not criticizing SpaceX. Just pointing out they do nothing for free. They certainly have big goals and have achieved some amazing things.

But some see them in a different light, through rose colored glasses. Shareholders, not so much.
 
You just put your finger on the point that RiversRider$! was making, SpaceX does not seem to be as motivated to make profits for shareholders as Boeing has seemed to be. SpaceX even continues to press forward with its development work when Federal contracts are delayed. SpaceX fails early and fixes the causes. Boeing has been failing late, and repeating the failures (thrusters, in the case of StarLiner). The corporate cultures do appear to be substantially different.

I am hoping that Sierra Space makes a good showing with its DreamChaser cargo capsule, and that NASA puts some funding there to get a crew rated version. That would put Dragon and Starliner to shame for reusability and convenience, especially if it gets adapted to reusable launch vehicles.
 
They are two different cultures, alright, NOW! And, as those two different cultures (NOW!) have done throughout history due to their different cosmology and physics, one is always positively energetic, expansive and successful, while the other is always negatively energetic, static or contracting, and failing. Wealth expansion in breadth and depth of wealth, as usual, is a token of positive energy. Anything else is deficit spending ("complicate embryos" and "Pyrrhic victories").