Author Topic: Atlas V and Starliner to conduct dry tests ahead of launch  (Read 4804 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

Another interesting article by Philip Sloss, with some of his photos while out there - and some L2 renders from the talented Nathan!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/atlas-v-starliner-to-dry-tests-ahead-launch/

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Great article Philip as well as those L2 photos. More atta-boys to Nathan's renders as well! :)
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Great article. I didn't know that the capsule could be split in two. It really makes sense that the shouldn't have to go through the hatch to work on everything, as they did on Apollo.

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Thanks Philip. That was a great read. With so much attention (well deserved) on the SpaceX Dragon it is refreshing to read such a comprehensive article on the Boeing Starliner. Really interesting approach how they divide the CM into upper and lower halves, each of which can be processed separately and then bolted together for final outfitting and launch. That makes for very efficient pre-launch processing. If possible is more information available on this pre-launch processing? Also it would be interesting to see the differences between the old style Apollo SM and the Starliner CM lower half. Perhaps another article soon on the overall Starliner design? That would be a perfect compliment to this well written article.

Once again - thanks. Well done.
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Being the month of January, at the back of my mind was the New Apollo 1 spacecraft "plugs-out test". I know that we now have 50 plus years of spacecraft data since then, but out of the crew's memory it is always good to be extra vigilant whenever we put humans on board a new spacecraft no matter how benign the test... They will be watching I'm sure...
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When Starliner flies the first un-crewed test to the ISS, will it be completely fitted out exactly like it would for the following crewed demo mission?  Or will it be like EFT-1 Orion?

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Another interesting article by Philip Sloss, with some of his photos while out there - and some L2 renders from the talented Nathan!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/atlas-v-starliner-to-dry-tests-ahead-launch/

Don't know where the 30 day mission came from for the unscrewed flight but it is 1-2 weeks. 

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Another interesting article by Philip Sloss, with some of his photos while out there - and some L2 renders from the talented Nathan!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/atlas-v-starliner-to-dry-tests-ahead-launch/

Don't know where the 30 day mission came from for the unscrewed flight but it is 1-2 weeks. 
reliable sources and info found ing the L2 threads.

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Another interesting article by Philip Sloss, with some of his photos while out there - and some L2 renders from the talented Nathan!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/atlas-v-starliner-to-dry-tests-ahead-launch/

Don't know where the 30 day mission came from for the unscrewed flight but it is 1-2 weeks. 
reliable sources and info found ing the L2 threads.

Reliable perhaps, but totally incorrect.

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Another interesting article by Philip Sloss, with some of his photos while out there - and some L2 renders from the talented Nathan!

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/01/atlas-v-starliner-to-dry-tests-ahead-launch/

Don't know where the 30 day mission came from for the unscrewed flight but it is 1-2 weeks.

"Unscrewed"?  ;)

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