When will Starliner come home? Boeing and NASA still don't know

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I pray this ends well. It seems that NASA and Boeing are at their wits end on how to solve these problems. Let Elon Musk send a rescue craft and cut Starliner from the ISS.
 
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Unfortuately all that AWESOME data will end up getting dumped into the Indian Ocean . . . and Boeing will get a few million more taxpayer dollars to keep their engineers employed . . . . . <sigh>
 
I am wondering how much velocity change was required of the thrusters to reach the ISS, and how much will be required for the re-entry burns.

Also wondering if any of he "thruster problems" experienced on the previous, robotic flight, occurred during the re-entry phase of the mission.
 
Unfortuately all that AWESOME data will end up getting dumped into the Indian Ocean . . . and Boeing will get a few million more taxpayer dollars to keep their engineers employed . . . . . <sigh>
Seeing as Boeing are on a fixed price contract for the Starliner then any extra additional costs to fix the problems will have to come from Boeing, who are already (rightly) making a loss on their delayed Starliner project.
 
With Space.com posting all sorts of articles about Musk and personnel issues at SpaceX, I am surprised that it so far has not mentioned that Boeing has pled guilty to a felony in their aircraft part of the business. And that is because they have not met their end of the safety culture improvements that they agreed to with the government 3 years ago to avoid a trial then. The Feds called them on it, and now the company has pled guilty to a felony. See https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cjjjj85z0lno .

And then there is the discussion about whether Boeing is "too big to fail", or more to the point, too important to the Government to let fail. See https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c6p2jeg14r9o .

This backdrop to the ongoing CFT of the Starliner capsule, with its repeated thruster failures, makes me worry that there is some politics getting mixed into the public statements and maybe also into the engineering response to the situation.
 
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