Boeing Starliner: Something Is Very Wrong

Boeing CST-100 Starliner

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, their vehicle intended to fly astronauts to the International Space Station from the U.S. launched on its uncrewed test flight at 11:36 UTC today, 2019-12-20.  The launch by an Atlas V/Centaur appeared normally until spacecraft separation.  On a normal mission, the booster places Starliner in a suborbital trajectory which guarantees that if its propulsion system fails astronauts will still return safely to Earth.  After separation, this propulsion system is supposed to place the spacecraft into a parking orbit, from which it proceeds to rendezvous with the space station.... [Read More]


SpaceX Crew Dragon Destroyed in “Anomaly”

Ahhh…, those anomalies—those pesky anomalies.  The worst kind of anomaly is when your spacecraft, in the process of being qualified for human spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS), goes kaboom on the ground while preparing for a static firing of its launch escape system rocket motors.  You know, kaboom, like this (sorry for the poor quality video—it’s all that’s presently available; there are some nasty words on the audio track.)

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