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

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Sun Aug 15 05:43:32 UTC 2021

On Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 10:29 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> 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.

Ah, the usual generics.  I was hoping you had some evidence to the specific
rumor I'd been hearing that they decided that another public test, any time
soon, ran a risk of a rapid unscheduled disassembly, coupled with clouds of
orange-hot expanding gas where it is not supposed to be, pictures of which
might lead some in Congress to decide the program has finally concluded,
and reallocate budget to make it so.
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