@jonostrower 100 percent this. My first reaction was ... people don't want to be beat writers?
@DugBegley Close. Oct. 23 was my last day at the Chronicle. Safe to say I was not looking forward to leaving downtown. At the same time, six years later, I cannot imagine commuting.
New photos arrived! We can finally have a look at the KSLV-II Nuri Flight Model(FM) 🚀
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Answer from NASA PAO:
"I have confirmed that the James Webb telescope solar array and deployment system does not have commonalities with the Lucy solar array and deployment system."
Hats off to John Vollmer of Boeing. @Free_Space asks what the minimum time between OFT-2 and the crew flight test would be. Steve Stich of NASA gives a long non-answer. Then, Vollmer says, "We'd like to see six months" between them.
@ImTheUnFunnyOne This would be my guess as well, but I'm sure they're going to work toward late 2022.
John Vollmer, of Boeing, says, "We are 100 percent committed to fulfilling our contract with the government." Goal is to complete Starliner's OFT-2 mission during the first half of 2022, and bring the crew test to flight "as soon as possible after that."
Boeing says it tested the Starliner Service Module system three times: hot fire test (2019), pad abort (2019) and OFT-1 (2020). It seems notable to me that the environment for all three of these tests (first two were in the desert, third was in December) occurred in low humidity.
NASA has contracts with SpaceX and Boeing for 6 operational crew missions to ISS. Steve Stich says they're likely to add missions to both SpaceX and Boing crew contracts within the next few months, but declines to offer specifics.
Boeing's John Vollmer says they're now targeting the "first half of 2022" for Starliner's OFT-2 mission.
For what it's worth, I've heard the NET date is now May 2022.
NASA's Steve Stich says two valves have been removed from Starliner. Will be sent to Marshall Space Flight Center for analysis by a CT scanner. This is to find the root cause of Starliner's valve issues.
@yfewless the outcome of this is germane to all launches above 18 miles, I beleive.
MORGAN STANLEY: "We decrease our price target from $25 to $17 as we no longer assume Inspire will be built .. We also see potential downward pressure for the stock as the lock-up period ends October 25th. We reiterate our Underweight rating." $SPCE
CASC has developed and test fired a 3.35m diameter, 500-tonne thrust solid rocket motor. Could be used for deep space exploration, as stated by CASC, but also ballistic missiles. mp.weixin.qq.com/s/O0huFvFEqBUJ…