Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Soup Sandwich Aerospace Company

That would be Boeing, which seems to be about that fucked up.
A NASA safety panel is recommending a review of Boeing’s software verification processes after revealing there was a second software problem during a CST-100 Starliner test flight that could have led to a “catastrophic” failure.

That new software problem, not previously discussed by NASA or Boeing, was discussed during a Feb. 6 meeting of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel that examined the December uncrewed test flight of Starliner that was cut short by a timer error.

That anomaly was discovered during ground testing while the spacecraft was in orbit, panel member Paul Hill said. “While this anomaly was corrected in flight, if it had gone uncorrected, it would have led to erroneous thruster firings and uncontrolled motion during [service module] separation for deorbit, with the potential for a catastrophic spacecraft failure,” he said.
Boeing seems to be betting that they'll have to refly the unmanned test flight to the ISS. Whether or not that would even happen this year is debatable.

Boeing's response, so far, has been mostly been smoke and misdirection and has been that way for well over a decade.


New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

What the hell is going on over at Boeing.

Ten Bears said...

Twelve dollar an hour computer programmers that don't don't anything about airplanes.

Stewart Dean said...

My WAG is that its the beancounting McDonnell Douglas management. Read this:
[Sorscher, a Boeing engineer] made his case to a Wall Street analyst in Seattle, arguing that bottom-line business models did not apply to building airplanes. The analyst cut him off. “You think you’re different,” he said, according to Scorcher. “This business model works for everyone. It works for ladies’ garments, for running shoes, for hard drives, for integrated circuits, and it will work for you.”

Taken aback, Sorscher said, “Let’s build an airliner with this business model. If it works, you and everyone who looks like you will be happy. And if I’m right, then we’ll all be very unhappy.”

Spud said...

It is known as " counting pennies, while dollars fly by"
Seems to be Boeings modis operandi these days.
While placing blame at the bottom.
Tho the CEO and CFO will get huge bonuses for counting those pennies.
So goes Amurikan manufacturing...