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Boeing Says Bad Connection Caused Starliner Parachute Deployment Failure; Flight Test Still on for December

8 Nov 2019, 20:20 UTC
Boeing Says Bad Connection Caused Starliner Parachute Deployment Failure; Flight Test Still on for December
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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner’s four launch abort engines and several orbital maneuvering and attitude control thrusters ignite in the company’s Pad Abort Test, pushing the spacecraft away from the test stand with a combined 160,000 pounds of thrust, from Launch Complex 32 on White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Credits: NASA

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., (Boeing PR) – Boeing issued the following statement regarding the successful CST-100 Starliner pad abort test.

The Nov. 4 pad abort test of our CST-100 Starliner was a success. The
propulsion and flight and guidance systems each performed to plan, as
did the separation of the service module, forward heat shield, and base
heat shield. The parachute system also successfully worked to land the
capsule safely and without damage. 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 the robust and redundant safety
features built into the Starliner vehicle.

Through the close evaluation of closeout photos and parachute
inspections, the Commercial Crew team has been able to quickly identify
the ...

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