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- Mar 22, 2008
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My sense is exactly the opposite: SpaceX had their failure on the test stand, which is exactly where you want to catch the flaw. Nobody was hurt. They diagnosed it, fixed it, tested it on the stand again, and flight tested it before putting crew on it. That is how the process is supposed to work.Totally agree. That attitude was responsible for Apollo 1, Apollo 13, Challenger, and Columbia.
As far as the SpaceX thing, I’d rather ride a vehicle might have some thrusters fail over one that has a tendency to blow up unexpectedly… just sayin’. Difference is, SpaceX is a much smaller company than Boeing, and can move and react much faster. So they fixed their (much more serious) issue quietly and got back to flying.
I really wonder at the level of testing that is being done by Boeing, and I have doubts that they have effectively fixed the issues with the engineering culture and afford to invest the time, money, and effort into producing a safe spacecraft. Boeing has lots of competition for building spacecraft these days, and they aren't the engineering organization that they were decades ago. It may be that they have improved, but after OFT-1 they have a PR battle to fight to get their reputation back, and the thruster issue on OFT-2, minor or not, isn't helping.