[ExI] Things going badly for Boeing Starliner, launch delayed indefinitely

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Sun Aug 15 05:27:51 UTC 2021



…> On Behalf Of Adrian Tymes via extropy-chat
Subject: Re: [ExI] Things going badly for Boeing Starliner, launch delayed indefinitely


On Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 10:06 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org <mailto:extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> > wrote:

I confidently predict failure for Boeing’s Starliner.


Do feel free to inquire of the old spikemeister why he makes such a grim prognostication.  Hint: there’s more to it than a bad valve.


>…There's far more to it, indeed.  Which particular aspects of this catch your eye? 



Saying there is a valve problem is a classic way to not say their instruments are doing something they don’t understand.  In many cases, valves are placed where they can be serviced on the pad.


Adrian you will appreciate this: in the long run, the bloated biggies like Lockheed and Boeing will be defeated in the launcher business by smaller, more focused companies, where the workforce isn’t unionized, where they were not compelled to spread out contracts all over the country, as the aerospace biggies are.  Sooner or later, the inefficiencies inherent to the big defense contractors make them non-competitive with those unencumbered.  Stand by, watch.  Boeing will fail.  Musk will probably be the one to eat their lunch.



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