Boeing admitted negligence during the tests, Cockpit

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The Boeing company has recognized that the procedures for testing systems for vehicle Cockpit before the first test flight in December 2019 was conducted properly, according to the edition of the Washington Post, citing a statement by the program Manager of the Boeing Cockpit of John Mulholland.

The newest ship Cockpit, developed by Boeing for manned missions to the ISS, the moon and in deep space, made its first test flight without a crew on 20 December last year. He was launched from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral for the launch vehicle Atlas V. the Launch was nominally 15 minutes after launch the spacecraft separated from its carrier stage and began an independent flight. However, in the calculated switch-on time of motor vehicle has not occurred. The result of the Cockpit, having spent a lot of fuel, turned into an unplanned orbit and unable to fly to the ISS. NASA and Boeing took the decision to return the ship to Earth 22 Dec.

Mulholland said the company has cut its key software testing craft. In addition, failed properly to inspect for compliance with mission-critical key equipment. According to him, instead, for testing used a computer system with defects.

However, Mulholland said that Boeing will modernize the methods of testing their systems before commissioning. Also there will be a full code analysis software.

“I really don’t want to give the impression that this team was trying to go by the shortest route. They didn’t do it. They have done a lot of checks. And, obviously, in certain areas we have some gaps that need to be filled” – leads edition of the words of Mulholland.

A company representative also stressed that the problems in the tests, not connected with financial expenses. “Price was never a key factor in any decision about how we need to test our system,” he said.

In January, Boeing announced that NASA analyzes the need for a second unmanned flight Cockpit due to problems encountered in the first flight, and laid on it is 410 million dollars.

In March 2019 Crew Dragon made its first unmanned test flight to the ISS.

It is expected that the ships Crew Dragon and Cockpit will perform test flights with crews in the first half of 2020, after which will be certified by NASA for house missions to the ISS.


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