NASA safety advisors voice concerns over Boeing’s Starliner, SpaceX’s Starship – Spaceflight Now

  1. Summary. For Boeing, its basically not recommending rushing towards a crew flight test and concerns that Vulcan man rating will take some time. "The panel is pleased that from all indications there is no sense of needing to rush to CFT,” said David West, a member of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, in a public meeting Thursday.

  2. Is this the same "independent" safety panel that recommended that different parts of the Artemis program, under separate operational directors, be placed under a single mission director and handed to a single prime contractor? Coincidentally, that's an oh-so-traditional arrangement that would all but preclude any more competitive bids or commercial partners.

  3. Acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations, contractions, and other phrases which expand to something larger, that I've seen in this thread:

  4. It's my understanding that the only engine capable of boosting/adjusting the ISS orbit is on the Soyuz spacecraft. Dragon is not so equipped and it looks like Starliner isn't either. So the ISS seems like it will always be dependant on Soyuz. Is there a US plan for managing ISS orbit without the Russians?

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