Boeing To Conduct Abort Test Of Starliner Crew Capsule Written 4 November 2019

A Starliner capsule comes in for a landing after a launch abort. | Boeing

Aerospace America reported that The Boeing Company on Monday will test the CST-100 Starliner crew capsule at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Boeing “will fire the four launch abort engines, or LAEs, and 12 smaller orbital maneuvering and altitude control, or OMAC, thrusters in the base of the service module to propel the capsule off the pad.” The test plans call for “the test dummy and capsule” to “fall back to Earth softly under parachutes, with its sensors recording survivable G forces.” In remarks last month at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C., Boeing Starliner Crew and Mission Systems Director Chris Ferguson said, “A lot of everything that we’ve been working on for the last eight years or so [is] all wrapped up in about a 90-second test, so it’ll be pretty exciting.”
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