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NASA says Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule can safely fly ‘as is’ with propulsion system helium leak


NASA says Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule can safely fly ‘as is’ with propulsion system helium leak After nearly three weeks of exhaustive tests and data analysis, NASA managers said Friday they are confident Boeing’s oft-delayed Starliner crew capsule can safely launch “as is” June 1, saying a small helium leak in the ship’s propulsion system does not pose a flight safety concern. Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said 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.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 27)

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