International Space Station

Boeing's Starliner Returns to Kennedy Space Center After Flight Test, Teams Hard at Work in 2020


ABOVE VIDEO: On Wednesday, January 8, the Starliner that flew the uncrewed Orbital Flight Test returned safely to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Thorough external inspection Hatch opening and visual verification the seal is in good shape and will keep pressure integrity and people safe as the telemetry data indicates Interior inspection and verification the capsule is as clean as the telemetry data would indicate Removal of cover panels and some key components across systems including avionics, propulsion and life support, detailed inspection and verification of those key components after first flight Detailed inspection of chutes, rigging and airbags with emphasis on unexpected chafing and wear-and-tear Assessment of how heat loading during ascent and entry affected docking system and capsule sidewalls, will compare results against pre-flight thermal models Transition to standard post-flight refurbishment and pre-flight testing


As this process continues, we will provide updates as timely and as accurately as possible, including initial results from external inspections and thermal assessments as early as this week.


In the meantime, an independent Boeing-NASA team has been formed and are reviewing the software anomaly to determine root cause and recommend corrective actions.


Additionally, individual teams are evaluating data and conducting comprehensive system-by-system reviews as part of the normal post-flight test process.


Compiling the specialized development measurements and comparing them to telemetry data to assess timing and consistency Some demonstration flight instrumentation (DFI) results revealing hull temp and strains, indicating structural integrity and accuracy of design forecasts Correlation of any visual inspection or data observations with the full set available Detailed reviews are underway in partnership with NASA, which we expect to wrap up in a few weeks






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