Source: WashingtonPost

 – April 06th, 2020

 

Boeing has agreed to repeat the test flight of its Starliner space capsule, a decision that sets its crewed space ambitions back by months and makes it likely SpaceX will win the race to return NASA’s astronauts to space from United States soil.

The announcement comes after the initial flight late last year was marred by software glitches that prevented the capsule from reaching the International Space Station.

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Repeating the mission and investigating other problems with Starliner is an expensive proposition: Earlier this year, Boeing said it was taking a $410 million charge to offset the cost.