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To some extent, first McDonnell Douglas and then (via the merger) Boeing kind of got taken over by senior managers who were running a manufacturing company but didn't want to be in the business of manufacturing things. A lot of issues have come from this, culminating in the manufacturing disaster of the 787 outsourcing. The company is just not as good at the business of manufacturing as it used to be, due to an extreme desire to outsource everything possible and some things that turned out to be not possible.

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6 hours ago, mikegarrison said:

I can tell a lot of SpaceX fans are amateurs. Industry professionals tend to have experienced that what comes around, goes around.

Of course. But the fact that they even get amateurs excited shows that the industry at large has a bit to learn from them.

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2 hours ago, Codraroll said:

Of course. But the fact that they even get amateurs excited shows that the industry at large has a bit to learn from them.

Although Tory Bruno has done a great job of raising ULA's profile with his twitter feed

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Boeing announced that a third person has been named to the flight crew of their first operational crewed mission, which is planned for "late next year". (This would come after the uncrewed repeat flight test and the crewed flight test.)

https://www.space.com/astronaut-jeanette-epps-joins-starliner-crew.html

She was originally scheduled to go up in a Soyuz, but the Russians cancelled her ride without any explanation.

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Boeing and NASA are targeting December for the second Orbital Flight Test, or OFT-2, pending hardware readiness, flight software qualification, and launch vehicle and space station manifest priorities. After a successful OFT-2, Boeing and NASA will fly Starliner’s first crewed mission, the Crew Flight Test, in June 2021, with the first post-certification mission, Starliner-1, tentatively scheduled for December 2021.

 

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As they were going to replace the NDS-type docking adaptor (derived from IDSS via iLIDS) with the clearance between the petals 800 mm with the Boeing's SIMAC adaptor with clearance 685 mm (and the petals sitting closer), and make it the new standard to replace NDS, which one are they going is put on this Starliner, and what should it dock to? Afair, the ISS adaptors are still NDS ones.

(Also why at all this replacement if the external dimensions look same, just the tunnel gets narrower?
The last discussions I found are from 2011-2013)

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There has been a change in the crew for the initial crewed flight test. Chris Ferguson will now be the ground-based director of Mission Integration and Operations. Instead of Ferguson, NASA astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore will fly as the spacecraft commander.

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5 minutes ago, Scotius said:

I'm more interested in the names of utility programs Boeing installed to protect the crew from bugs, glitches and other consequences of shoddy programming :D

Or the names of the lawyers Boeing hired to protect their executives from the same?

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5 hours ago, Scotius said:

I'm more interested in the names of utility programs Boeing installed to protect the crew from bugs, glitches and other consequences of shoddy programming :D

The Heuristic Algorithmic general purpose monitoring system. Version 9000.

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8 hours ago, tater said:

Glad no one will notice.

The comment section already went haywire, and I think every launch provider needs some respect, so I don't think this is good.

(It's just my opinion so please don't start a debate on Boing vs SpaceX again)

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