Boeing's Starliner astronaut capsule forced to cut short test flight after malfunction

Boeing's Starliner astronaut capsule forced to cut short test flight after malfunction

Boeing's Starliner astronaut capsule forced to cut short test flight after malfunction

This was Boeing's chance to catch up with SpaceX, NASA's other commercial crew provider that successfully completed a similar demonstration last March. He tweeted a message of encouragement to NASA and Boeing on Friday.

The Starliner will perform the parachuting into its landing in the New Mexico desert, tomorrow. The responsible team is trying to figure out the exact cause of the problem to prevent any further failure, the NASA chief stated.

This was supposed to be the final test for Starliner.

"What's really crucial", Chilton said, "is that we established a link with the International Space Station".

Now any problems with Friday's launch may mean crewed flights are yet again pushed back. However, before that maneuver was due to begin, a malfunction in the Starliner's Mission Event Timer clock caused the control software to think the main rocket firing was already underway.

Instead it's been hitching lifts on Russian rockets.

Astronauts won't be steering the Canadarm2 robotic art, which is usually the case when incoming cargo vehicles dock to the station. He assured the audience that they are nearly through with the review but they are doing close check analysis to make sure that everyone is satisfied with their development. he added that the last investigation and requirements of the Starliner mission data load will be done on Thursday into the computer capsule. A pin wasn't in its proper place.

Both Boeing and Nasa said that while the capsule had not reached the intended orbit it was in a stable position.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine provided via Twitter at 8:45 AM EST the first substantial update about what went wrong, noting that there was an incident wherein the Starliner spacecraft "believed it was in an orbital insertion burn, when it was not".

"Certainly, there's going to be a lot of data that needs to be reviewed when this is over", Bridenstine said.

Nicole Mann, one of three astronauts slated to fly on Boeing's first crewed flight test, told the news conference, "We are looking forward to flying on Starliner". This test flight was also supposed to determine when exactly the Starliner will make its historic first flight next year. This was an important test for Boeing as they are competing with SpaceX to revive NASA's human spaceflight capabilities. Boeing and SpaceX, founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, are the frontrunners.

NASA and Boeing are now working to bring the Starliner down safely at White Sands, which is where it was originally expected to land on December 28 after completing its planned mission.

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