Russian expert: U.S. ‘Starliner’ test slotting system in malfunction

Vladimir Kacharov, chief designer of the Russian Parachute Manufacturing Institute, said the parachute ejection system could prevent the opening of one of the three parachutes while testing the emergency rescue system of the U.S. Starliner spacecraft, Russian satellite news agency reported.


On November 4, Boeing reportedly tested the emergency escape system of the Starliner spacecraft at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and one of the three parachutes in the return capsule failed.

NASA said the situation was “acceptable” for the safety of astronauts. The test will in no way affect the ship’s unmanned mission to the International Space Station on December 17. The United States is developing a new type of spacecraft to replace the decommissioned Space Shuttle transportation system. Since 2011, only the Russian Soyuz spacecraft has carried out missions to send astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

“As for the Startrek incident, based on the information available, it can only be assumed that one of the three main parachutes is not used,” Kacharov said. The parachute’s special catapult may fail or this may be an analog failure. The spacecraft landed with two fully open main parachutes. Video footage showed no trace of a third parachute. “

Experts point out that the parachute special catapult simulation failure may be to manually build the parachute system to work under load and pressure of extreme conditions. “Without more complete program itself and test target information, it is impossible to determine whether this was a parachute failure designed within the framework of the test procedure or the result of the device’s abnormal operation,” he said. “

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