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Boeing Space Nov 7
We’re excited to share the preliminary results of ’s Nov. 4 Pad Abort Test. Boeing Commercial Crew VP and Program Manager John Mulholland and NASA Program Manager Kathy Lueders are participating in a media telecom. Here’s what they are saying:
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Boeing Space Nov 7
Replying to @Commercial_Crew
The November 4th pad abort test of our CST-100 was a success. The propulsion and flight and guidance systems each performed to plan, as did the separation of the service module, heat shield, and base heat shield.
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Boeing Space Nov 7
Replying to @Commercial_Crew
The parachute system also successfully worked to land the spacecraft safely and without damage.
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Boeing Space Nov 7
Replying to @Commercial_Crew
Although one of three parachutes in the parachute system did not deploy, the test validated that two parachutes can adequately handle the full weight of the crew and service module during an abort, highlighting robust, redundant safety features built into the Starliner vehicle.
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Boeing Space
Through evaluation of closeout photos and parachute inspections, the team quickly identified the cause of non-deployment of 1 of the 3 parachutes, which was a lack of a secure connection between pilot and main parachute on the third parachute.
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Boeing Space Nov 7
Replying to @Commercial_Crew
We are taking all appropriate steps to address this issue.
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Boeing Space Nov 7
Replying to @Commercial_Crew
At this time, we continue progressing toward our Dec. 17 target OFT launch date. Following a successful mission, we will proceed with a crewed flight test in 2020.
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Boeing Space Nov 7
Replying to @Commercial_Crew
We’re committed to providing the same level of excellence and reliability that we have delivered for more than 60 years of space transportation. Nothing less is acceptable.
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Explorer Nov 7
Oopps! Seriously though, congrats on the successful abort and recovery of Starliner.
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