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NASA outlines recommendations to clear path for Boeing to resume Starliner flights

Posted On: 8 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

NASA outlines recommendations to clear path for Boeing to resume Starliner flights

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION
Artist's illustration of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft in orbit. Credit: Boeing
NASA has completed an exhaustive review of software problems and procedural oversights that prevented an unpiloted Boeing Starliner capsule from docking with the space station last year. The agency is implementing 80 recommendations to clear the way for a second test flight later this year and, if all goes well, Boeing's first piloted flight next spring, officials said Tuesday.
Steve Stich, manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, would not say when the company might be cleared to launch the Starliner on a repeat of the unpiloted flight other than it probably “would be toward the latter part of this year.”
“I really want Boeing and our team to go through the software recommendations and make the changes to the software and test the software,” he told reporters. “And then once we start to see how that shakes out we'll talk a little be more about when to go fly.”
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