Boeing acknowledges shortcomings in Starliner spaceship testing and vows to fill the gaps
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February 29, 2020 - by ALAN BOYLE for geekwire.com
The program manager for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner space taxi acknowledges that more rigorous testing might have turned up the software glitch that spoiled plans to rendezvous with the International Space Station during an uncrewed test flight in December.
John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for Starliner, said during today's teleconference with reporters that his team "did an extensive amount of testing" in advance of launch, but didn't run an integrated, end-to-end test to simulate the mission from launch to docking with the station.
Instead, engineers divided the simulation into separate "chunks" to avoid a computer run that could have lasted more than 25 hours straight, he said.
In hindsight, an end-to-end test might have...
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