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Defective software could have doomed Boeing's crew capsule

1 year 3 weeks 1 day ago Friday, February 07 2020 Feb 7, 2020 February 07, 2020 11:02 AM February 07, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA says defective software could have doomed Boeing's crew capsule during its first test flight. The Starliner capsule launched without astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida, without astronauts in December. But its automatic timer was off,, preventing the capsule from flying to the International Space Station as planned. NASA reported Friday that in addition to the timer error, a software issue with the Starliner's service module was not detected until the flight was underway. If ground controllers had not intervened, NASA says the Starliner could have been destroyed. NASA has yet to decide whether Boeing must conduct another test flight without a crew, before putting astronauts on board.

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