Designing parachute systems is hard enough without skipping a step in the rigging process, such as what happened during preparations for Boeing’s first CST-100 Starliner test flight, which successfully demonstrated the capsule’s escape and landing systems that would carry a crew to safety if their launch vehicle failed.  On the long road to restoring human orbital spaceflight capabilities to the U.S.—a service in hiatus since the retirement of the space shuttles in ...

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