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  1. NASA and Boeing are targeting March 25 for Starliner's second unmanned orbital flight test Image via NASA Blogs Boeing and NASA have set March 25, 2021, as the date for Starliner's second unmanned flight test. Dubbed Orbital Flight Test- 2 (OFT-2), this will be the second major flight test for the spacecraft and a key developmental milestone for Boeing in its bid for the NASA Commercial Crew program. Previously, the two were targeting March 29, but the date was brought up due to multiple factors including the availability of the United Launch Alliance Atla
  2. Boeing wants all its aircraft to fly on sustainable fuels by 2030 At the moment, planes can only use up to a 50/50 blend of conventional and sustainable fuels. gk-6mt via Getty Images Boeing has vowed to make flights using its planes more eco-friendly within the next decade: The aviation titan has announced its commitment to make sure its planes can fly on 100 percent sustainable fuels by 2030. It explained that making the shift to sustainable fuels is the “safest and most measurable solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions in the coming decades.” It’s
  3. NASA planning document may offer clues to changes in Artemis program The plan asks a lot of Boeing. Enlarge / A video still showing a rendering of an Exploration Upper Stage in flight. NASA NASA is close to finalizing a plan to land humans on the Moon in 2024 and is expected to publicly discuss it next month. While the space agency has not released its revised strategy publicly, a recently updated "mission manifest" for the Space Launch System rocket may provide some clues about the new Artemis Program.
  4. New document reveals significant fall from grace for Boeing’s space program "I have decided to eliminate Boeing from further award consideration." Enlarge / The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is seen after it landed in White Sands, New Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. NASA/Bill Ingalls 215 with 117 posters participating Much has been made of Boeing's difficulties in aviation, most notably with the 737 Max. This airplane has been grounded for a year after two crashes that killed 346 people between them, collect
  5. Coding is important — Boeing acknowledges “gaps” in its Starliner software testing "They did an abundance of testing." Enlarge / Starliner touches down in December. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani On Friday, during a detailed, 75-minute briefing with reporters, a key Boeing spaceflight official sought to be as clear as possible about the company's troubles with its Starliner spacecraft. After an uncrewed test flight in December of the spacecraft, Boeing "learned some hard lessons," said John Mulholland,
  6. Rocket scientist says that Boeing squelched work on propellant depots "Boeing became furious and tried to get me fired." Enlarge / The Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s liquid oxygen tank structural test article was manufactured and stacked in June 2019 at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. NASA Nearly a decade ago, when Congress directed N
  7. New report finds NASA awarded Boeing large fees despite SLS launch slips "It would be misleading for us to continue to report the June 2020 launch date." Enlarge / When will NASA's Space Launch System rocket take flight? NASA As NASA talks up its Artemis Program to return humans to the Moon by the year 2024, a new report from the US Government Accountability Office raises questions about the space agency's ability to build the spacecraft and rockets intended to carry out that mission. Instead of launc
  8. U.S. regulator cites new flaw on grounded Boeing 737 MAX WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has identified a new risk that Boeing Co must address on its 737 MAX before the grounded jet can return to service, the agency said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The angle of attack sensor, at bottom center, is seen on a 737 Max aircraft at the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington, U.S., March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo The risk was discovered during a simulator test last week and it is not yet clear if the i
  9. Boeing takes $4.9 billion charge for prolonged grounding of 737 MAX planes SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co (BA.N) said on Thursday it would take an after-tax charge of $4.9 billion in the second quarter on estimated disruptions from the prolonged grounding of its lucrative 737 MAX passenger jets after two deadly crashes. FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo shows Boeing 737 MAX airplanes parked on the tarmac at the Boeing Factory in Renton, Washington, U.S. March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson/File Photo The charge is from “potential concessions and other
  10. FAA Reportedly Delegated Oversight of Critical 737 Max Flight System to Boeing A 737 Max jet being assembled by Boeing at its Renton, Washington facility in March 2019. Photo: Ted S. Warren (AP) A New York Times investigation into the Boeing 737 Max crisis—involving two crashes that killed a cumulative 346 people and the continued grounding of the entire line from global service—has found tr
  11. “We are very sorry”—Boeing division CEO apologizes for 737 Max deaths Planes remain grounded as Boeing continues work on a software fix. Enlarge / The 10,000th Boeing 737, a MAX 8, was delivered to Southwest Airlines in March 2018. Southwest is a major customer for the 737 MAX 8. Stephen Brashear|Getty Images On Monday, Boeing's head of commercial aircraft, Kevin McAllister, apologized for the deaths of 346 people in a pair of recent airplane crashes. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, McAllister told a press conference that "w
  12. Boeing faces accusations of negligence at Dreamliner plant A New York Times report alleges the company favored speed over safety while moving planes through production. The Boeing logo at its headquarters in downtown Chicago. Joel Lerner/Getty Images Already under scrutiny after two deadly crashes of its 737 Max 8 aircraft, Boeing took an additional hit Saturday when a front page story in The New York Times detailed alleged negligence at a South Carolina factory that makes another of Boeing's jets.
  13. Boeing plans autopilot software update after two 737 MAX crashes The software update includes changes to flight control systems, pilot displays, operation manuals and crew training. Boeing is planning a hefty software update of its autopilot systems after two 737 MAX crashesthat led to grounded airplanes globally. The aviation giant began developing a flight control software update for the 737 MAX following the deadly Lion Air crash in late 2018 aimed at increasing the safety of what they consider an already e
  14. Boeing to update 737 MAX anti-stall software with three proposed fixes Boeing on Wednesday (Mar 27) announced plans to update the anti-stall system on the 737 MAX aircraft, which has been grounded in response to an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew, with some detecting similarities between the two accidents. In a call with media that
  15. Peer review of software raises additional concerns, more testing needed before delivery to FAA. Enlarge / The 737 MAX cockpit's layout is nearly identical to this 737-800's. The software behind the glass isn't. Cory W. Watts Delivery of Boeing’s promised fix to the flight system software at the center of two 737 MAX crash investigations has been pushed back several weeks after an internal review by engineers not connected to the aircraft raised additional safety questions. The results of the “non-advocate” review have not been reve
  16. Boeing fix will prevent repeated activation of anti-stall system: Sources A Boeing software fix for the grounded 737 MAX will prevent repeated operation of an anti-stall system at the center of safety concerns and deactivate it altogether if two sensors disagree widely, two people familiar with pilot briefings said. The anti-stall system - known as MCAS, or Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System - has been pinpointed by investigators probing October's fatal Lion Air crash and faces new scrutiny in the wake of another fatal accident in Ethiopia.
  17. Independent reviewers offer 80 suggestions to make Starliner safer "Every mission is a learning experience." Enlarge / The Boeing Starliner spacecraft is back home at the company's Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility after its December test flight. NASA 121 with 70 posters participating Following the failed test flight of Boeing's Starliner spacecraft in December, NASA on Monday released the findings of an investigation into the root causes of the launch's failure and the culture that led to them.
  18. SEATTLE/PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co BA.N is nearing a decision to shift more 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina, industry sources said, a cost-cutting strategy accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic that would deplete its iconic factory north of Seattle. As recently as last year, Boeing was making record numbers of 787s at its Everett widebody hub north of Seattle and - since 2012 - a second plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. But the strategy of supporting two plants has been severely tested by the coronavirus slump in international travel, on top o
  19. FAA orders inspections of 737s after four non-fatal engine shutdowns In four recent cases, one of a 737's two engines has shut down unexpectedly. Enlarge / Southwest has dozens of 737s in storage. The airline says it hasn't experienced the glitch described in the FAA directive. Dylan Ashe 74 with 56 posters participating The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to inspect the engines of their 737 airplanes after four reports of "single-engine shutdowns." Many 737 aircraft h
  20. Boeing’s Starliner problems may be worse than we thought "Nothing good can come from those two spacecraft bumping into one another." Enlarge / A close-up view of the Starliner capsule with its service module immediately beneath it. Trevor Mahlmann On Friday, officials from NASA and Boeing held a teleconference with reporters to discuss issues related to the Starliner spacecraft's performance during an orbital test flight in December. Although an independent review team remains in the midst of an inves
  21. After a “corrective action,” Boeing back at work on SLS rocket core stage "There are many steps in engine installation that have to occur." First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Nearly a month ago, NASA announced that Boeing had assembled the core stage structure that forms the backbone of its Space Launch System rocket. This meant that all technicians needed to do to complete the full core stage was bolt on four space shuttle main engines and connect their plumbing. Completing the core st
  22. NASA report finds Boeing seat prices are 60% higher than SpaceX "Boeing has made significant investments in the commercial crew program." Enlarge / Teams from NASA, Boeing, and the White Sands Missile Range rehearse landing and crew extraction from Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. NASA On Thursday, NASA's inspector general released a report on the space agency's commercial crew program, which seeks to pay Boeing and SpaceX to develop vehicles to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.
  23. Boeing settles first Lion Air lawsuits for at least $1.2 million apiece: sources CHICAGO/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Boeing Co has settled the first claims stemming from the crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX in Indonesia, a U.S. plaintiffs’ lawyer said, and three other sources said that families of those killed will receive at least $1.2 million apiece.
  24. House legislators want to hand NASA’s human spaceflight program over to Boeing Lawmakers also appear to like cost-plus contracts. Enlarge / Mars or the Moon? It’s a debate that has bedeviled NASA for decades. Aurich Lawson / Getty Images On Friday evening, a US House of Representatives committee released H.R. 5666, an authorization act for NASA. Such bills are not required for an agency to function, and they do not directly provide funding—that comes from the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. Authorization b
  25. Boeing seeks $10 billion in loans as 737 Max crisis continues Planes still grounded as another software problem was disclosed Friday. Enlarge / Boeing 737 Max planes. Boeing Boeing is aiming to borrow $10 billion or more to help it get through the 737 Max crisis, CNBC reported today, citing people familiar with the matter. "The company has secured at least $6 billion from banks so far, the people said, and is talking to other lenders for more contributions," CNBC wrote. Citigroup, Bank of America, Wel
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