NASA and its manufacturer Boeing hope that the capsule will one day return astronauts to and from the International Space Station [ISS]. The software encountered a software problem that prevented it from getting into the correct orbit during the test flight to send it in. The International Space Station on December 20, 2019.
But it now appears that a second software problem discovered during Starliner's brief space exploration could lead to a "catastrophic failure" of the capsule.
According to reports, the news was released at a meeting of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Group at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, February 6. Space news.
Ground engineers managed to fix the problem as soon as it was discovered, thus avoiding the loss of the spacecraft.
Panelist Paul Hill said: "Although this anomaly is corrected in flight, if it is not corrected, it will lead to incorrect thruster firing and uncontrolled orbital operation during separation of the [service module], and may Leading to catastrophic spacecraft failures. ", Was the mission executive director of the Houston Johnson Space Center.
Hill added that considering that the spacecraft was designed to transport humans into space, "the panel of experts recommends a broader assessment of Boeing's [systems engineering and integration] processes and verification tests and corrective action."
After a short trip in December, Starliner returned safely to Earth, Jim Chilton, senior vice president of space and launch at Boeing Reveal Due to timing issues, the autonomous system was unable to correctly locate the spacecraft and therefore failed to reach the correct orbit.
There is no word yet on when the "Starliner" will fly into the sky again, although Chilton said last week that he expects news in this regard by the end of February.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon
SpaceX, a company led by Elon Musk, also hopes to deploy a spacecraft for flights to and from the International Space Station. In this regard, Patricia Sanders, chairman of the group, sounds optimistic, saying that it is no longer in case The Crew Dragon will bring astronauts to the International Space Station in the near future.
Although it also has Some serious problems To handle, SpaceX has Thoroughly tested The crew's key systems are different from Boeing's Starliner, which has already made Successfully shuttled to and from the International Space Station During a test flight last year.