Somehow NASA just realized Boeing Starliner is BETTER than SpaceX Crew Dragon...

Somehow NASA just realized Boeing Starliner is BETTER than SpaceX Crew Dragon...

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Somehow NASA just realized Boeing Starliner is BETTER than SpaceX Crew Dragon...
Boeing has spent more than a decade and covered losses of more than half a billion dollars trying to build the CST-100 Starliner, a class of two partially reusable spacecraft designed to transport crew to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low-Earth-orbit destinations.
It has fallen far behind its sister Commercial Crew spacecraft, Dragon, by several years on the track.
Can this lag be offset by better technologies than Dragon?
This is the time to find out how Boeing Starliner is BETTER than SpaceX Crew Dragon.

Well, to be fair, Starliner has some strengths of its own when compared to SpaceX Dragon.

Firstly, Starliner can land on land or, in an emergency, water. Crew Dragon lands only on water.
In fact, SpaceX originally envisioned landing legs extending through the heat shield in a propulsive landing but as work moved forward updating the Dragon capsule to human rating, proved to be and complex modification. While each water landing is more expensive and saltwater adds some complexity to refurbishing the capsule for reuse, this decision avoided a lot of costs in designing and certifying this new capability.

On the other side, Starliner will land using parachutes and a set of large airbags. A pair of drogue chutes are deployed at about 9 km in altitude, followed by a trio of main chutes at 3.6 km. At 1.5 km in altitude, the heat shield is ditched and the 6 airbags are inflated. These airbags serve a dual purpose. In nominal use cases, the airbags will soften the landing when landing on land, and in off-nominal cases, like an abort or an emergency reentry, the airbags offer buoyancy and balance for water landings.

Touching down on land will allow the Starliner an easy path to refurbishment and reusability. Boeing is hoping to be able to turn one around in just 6 months and reuse them up to 10 times! That’s definitely a good thing. Since the crew will land on solid ground, recovery of the crew is quite different than a splashdown. On the edge of the landing zone, there’ll be a Mobile Data Tracking Vehicle or MDTV as well as a Mobile Landing Control Center or MLCC as well as a host of recovery vehicles waiting to pounce.
Somehow NASA just realized Boeing Starliner is BETTER than SpaceX Crew Dragon...
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