Boeing is now one step ahead as it has passed a challenging software evaluation of the spaceship for its commercial crew satellite. The company is still finding solutions to the problems that occurred in the 2019 test flight in the Intentional Space Station.

Over a year ago, the company had planned to send an uncrewed CST-100 Starliner spaceship to the orbit but failed after several technical problems and software issues. In 2020, more than 80 corrections were identified after two NASA evaluations of the faulty Boeing’s flight. Therefore, for Boeing to make the next attempt, they need first to address these corrections.

Boeing has announced to make the second attempt in March 2021. On 18th January, the company plans to give a statement of the review process. It says it has finished all formal flight software’s requalification prior to the mission, which is known as OFT-2 (Orbital Flight Test 2).

John Vollmer, Starliner’s vice president and program manager said that they were able to pass the software test because of his team’s great cooperation. He added that he is proud of having a smarter team as a human spacecraft community. Vollmer said that they started by evaluating Starliner’s software requirements and performed tests related to the verification. Starliner’s ASIL (Avionics and Software Integration Lab) in Houston carried out a review to verify if it was set for the new testing. The software engineers then approved emulators and simulators for accuracy, and other assessments were carried out to ensure the software was functioning well with Starliner’s flight hardware.

The company then performed numerous tests to ensure that the software meets all the specifications. Starliner’s software test and verification manager, Aaron Kraftcheck, said that his team remained strong, energetic, and determined to succeed throughout the 2020 turmoil.

Boeing said that now that they have acquired software requalification, only a few things are remaining. Boeing plans to work with United Launch Alliance to carry out software and hardware integrated tests events in ensuring the spacecraft and rocket function well with one another. Starliner can launch several rockets, which include Delta IV and ULA’s Atlas V rockets.

Boeing plans to do code verification for undocking and docking strategies with NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) system. The company will also perform a full Simulation of test flight OFT-2 in ASIL. It is important to note that this will be the last simulation and will use flight hardware and updated flight software to determine how the spacecraft behaves.

By Adam