The National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) has launched an investigation into an earlier undisclosed technical glitch that happened during a test flight of a Boeing spacecraft intended to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
Boeing’s probe, the CST-100 Starliner, is segment of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program which proposed private businesses to generate new spacecraft. Boeing and SpaceX have directed the opposition and are now running to send astronauts into space.
During an orbital flight test in December, a glitch in clock software managed to Boeing’s Starliner starting a state of the mission that the probe had yet to reach. This appeared in the spacecraft heating through 25 per cent of its fuel requiring Boeing to skip docking with the space station which was the principal aim of the mission.
The US space agency, NASA has now found a second technical issue with the Starliner which spot controllers fixed during the middle of that missed test flight. According to Boeing and NASA executives, the failure could have occurred in a crash between two units of the spacecraft, the crew module and the service module.
If this problem had not been adjusted mid-flight, a disaster could have destroyed the crew module’s heat shield.
The space agency assembled a crew to handle the errors, Doug Loverro, a NASA assistant administrator, said during a press conference that: “They are likely only symptoms. They are not the real problem.” NASA investigators found that the source of the issues related to coding defects that Boeing’s testing team did not notice before the flight test.”