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This Week In Space podcast: Episode 108 — Starliner: Better Late Than Never?

On Episode 108 of This Week In Space, Rod and Tariq talk about the long-awaited crew flight test of Boeing’s Starliner commercial spacecraft.

We’ve been waiting… and waiting… and waiting for Boeing’s Starliner to fly. First selected in 2010, along with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, Starliner has been behind schedule for years. SpaceX got $2.6 billion for its six dragon flights, and Boeing received more at $4.3 billion, so you’d expect Boeing to be first to fly, right?

Well, as of today, SpaceX has delivered crews to the International Space Station eight times, to Boeing’s… zero. Delayed development, turbulence problems with the capsule on the Atlas launcher, stuck valves, flammable materials, and faulty parachute lines have all contributed to the delays.

Boeing has flown two uncrewed missions—the first one a partial failure, with the second, funded by Boeing itself, flown to NASA’s satisfaction. Now it’s time to put a crew aboard. Will Boeing overcome their issues and deliver the goods? Join us.

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About This Week In Space

This Week in Space covers the new space age. Every Friday we take a deep dive into a fascinating topic. What’s happening with the new race to the moon and other planets? When will SpaceX really send people to Mars?

Join Rod Pyle and Tariq Malik from Space.com as they tackle those questions and more each week on Friday afternoons. You can subscribe today on your favorite podcatcher.

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