Helium Leak Presents No Safety Threat to Boeing’s Starliner Capsule According to NASA Written 28 May 2024


Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft mounted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. | Frank Michaux/NASA

CBS News reports that engineers are confident the leak will not worsen in flight, and even if it does, the Starliner can safely launch June 1. The article cites Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, who said that “even if a suspect shirt-button-size rubber seal in the plumbing leading to one specific thruster failed completely in flight — resulting in a leak rate 100 times worse than what's been observed to date — the Starliner could still fly safely.”
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