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SEATTLE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co said on Monday that one of the three parachutes failed to deploy during a successful safety test of an unmanned CST-100 Starliner crew capsule, designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
The deployment error occurred during the so-called pad abort test of a system that is designed to propel the crew to safety in the event of an emergency situation, ” Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher said by e-mail.
“It’s too early for me to determine what are the three main parachutes do not deploy it,” Blecher said. However, having two out of three of implementation, it is acceptable for the test parameters and the crew’s safety.”
Blecher said overall the test on a Monday morning, and it was a success.
Boeing and the U.S. space agency, NASA, said it was still targeting a Dec. 17 with respect to the Starliner’s first unmanned mission to the International Space Station.
NASA chose Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX, as the main contractors to build a rocket and capsule to the launch of the systems in order to back the Americans into the job, a research lab, and for the first time since the U.S. space shuttle program ended in 2011.
Parachute operation at the top of the technical challenges businesses face and that have raised questions about the safety of the crew, and have been under pressure to launch a number of schemes. The parachutes are designed to slow down the capsules when they return to Earth at supersonic speeds.
SpaceX is working on the fly of his Crew, the Dragon capsule on the first manned test flight into orbit in the first quarter of next year, after the completion of the remote test back in March, the company and NASA said.
NASA, in a press release, calling the test, “acceptable”, and would echo what Boeing said in a statement.
Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle, and He is the Roulette in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio