On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared the notorious Boeing 737 MAX for flight after a 20-month ban. The ban came after two fatal crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX in just five months, which sadly caused 346 passengers to lose their lives.
Boeing Stories November 18
Boeing Stories November 6
Boeing announced today that they are hiring former SpaceX and Tesla employee Jinnah Hosein as their first vice president of software engineering. Hosein led software development for the Falcon family of rockets, Dragon, and Crew Dragon. He also worked at Tesla on their autopilot software.
Boeing Stories August 14
In a surprise decision made in May, NASA abruptly replaced its associate administrator in charge of human spaceflight eight days before flying astronauts with a commercial partner for the first time in history. While NASA didn’t cite a specific reason for Doug Loverro’s resignation, the outgoing human spaceflight lead suggested a single mistake was made:
The risks we take, whether technical, political, or persona, all have potential consequences if we judge them incorrectly. I took such a risk earlier in the year because I judged it necessary to fulfill our mission. Now, over the balance of time, it is clear that I made a mistake in that choice for which I alone must bear consequences.
Now the Wall Street Journal reports that federal prosecutors are investigating the incident:
Boeing Stories April 6
In a decision that has been months in the making, Boeing has announced that its Starliner spacecraft will conduct a second orbital flight test before it can demonstrate human spaceflight capabilities for NASA.
SpaceX passed its orbital flight test for NASA in March last year when its Crew Dragon capsule traveled to the International Space Station and back.
Boeing attempted its own orbital flight test in December, but the mission went awry within minutes of Starliner leaving the planet.