At the time, they also pointed out that the error with the mission timer would not have resulted in any danger to any astronauts on board. "Nobody is more disappointed in the issues that we uncovered ... than the Starliner team", said Boeing program manager John Mulholland.
Mr. Loverro continued, saying Boeing and NASA did not have to disclose the second issue to the media or the USA taxpayers because "We fixed it". It is not excluded that we are talking about hundreds of bugs. SpaceX and Boeing both plan to begin flying space explorers inside the following hardly any months, giving NASA the test of keeping the shuttle improvement exertion on track while guaranteeing space explorer security. Speaking during the panel's quarterly meeting on Thursday, Hill said the agency should go beyond merely correcting the cause of the anomalies and scrutinize Boeing's entire software testing processes. This caused the craft's thrusters to misfire, sending it into the wrong orbit and requiring NASA and Boeing engineers at Mission Control to guide it back to Earth.
The problem was finally detected and corrected - Engineers began checking up other critical sequences of software as a means of precaution.
Separately, there was an issue with the Starliner's Service Module (SM) Disposal Sequence.
These improper thruster firings could have been risky, as said by Boeing's Senior Vice President, Jim Chilton; "It can't be good when two spacecraft are going to contact".
Both Boeing and NASA are now investigating the issues that occurred during the test mission. A second software error could have led to, in NASA's words, "spacecraft loss".
SpaceX has recently achieved enormous success with both a stunningly successful orbital flight test (known as Demo-1, but essentially the same as the Starliner's OFT) and in-flight abort test, which has proved that the vehicle is safe and able to fly.
The uncrewed Starliner container had an effective dispatch and landing, however passed up its space station rendezvous because of a product glitch.
"Additionally, breakdowns in the test and verification phase failed to identify the defects preflight despite their detectability".
A third issue was confirmed by NASA and Boeing for the first time: a coding error in the program that governs Starliner's preparation for reentry into Earth's atmosphere.
For its part, Boeing accepted the suggestions of the Independent Review Team and Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and had already got cracking on "re-verifying flight software code". However, it turned out that timing wasn't the only issue: this week, NASA and Boeing announced that a second problem was being found during the investigation of the problems during the test.
NASA hopes to fully conclude the investigation and release its results by the end of February 2020. We want to make sure we have a comprehensive understanding of what happened so that we can fully explain the root causes and better assess future work that will be needed. "Certainly we're going to find out more about the weeks beforehand".
Boeing's uncrewed Orbital Flight Test (OFT) is the second uncrewed test flight of NASA's Commercial Crew Programme, a partnership with the aerospace industry to launch astronauts on the USA rockets and spacecraft from the U.S. soil for the first time since 2011.