Member:Where are all the happy comments?Boeing and company are farther along to success now than ever on the previous flight.Perhaps all of you are waiting for a successful rendezvous and docking. That's fair.
Not off to a good start, apparently at least two thrusters failed during orbital insertion.
Quote from: StormtrooperJoe on 05/20/2022 01:33 amNot off to a good start, apparently at least two thrusters failed during orbital insertion.Source?
Are there onboard cameras ?..would like to see how Rosie is doing and what things look like post launch.In any case, happy to see things progressing well, the few glitches not withstanding…as others have noted, ISS really needs a redundant U.S. means of getting to and from Station
While the broken thrusters are not needed for docking, they ARE needed for deorbit. Its only one more failure from astronauts not being able to return home (getting stuck in orbit)
I have a question and although it's likely more Atlas related, the Starliner/Atlas is a "system".Does it not seem that this launch system is inefficient from a payload perspective? This of course is even ignoring non-reusability of the launcher.1 - The solids remain attached for some time, as dead weight, after burnout2 - The skirt is additional weight that is eventually jettisoned. And the "hard edge" of the rear of the skirt can't exactly be optimally aerodynamic (although this may be a pretty small factor).