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Boeing Starliner fails mission, can't reach space station after flying into wrong orbit

• CNBC

-Boeing's spacecraft Starliner did not achieve the correct orbit on Friday, preventing it from reaching its goal of the International Space Station

-NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explained the spacecraft "believed it was in an orbital insertion burn" and "burned more fuel than anticipated to maintain precise control."

-"This precluded" a rendezvous with the space station, Bridenstine added.

-No people are on board the capsule, as the flight was planned to be one of the final key tests before Starliner flies NASA astronauts.

Boeing's spacecraft Starliner did not achieve the proper orbit it needed to reach the International Space Station, shortly after the capsule launched from Florida early Friday morning.

No people are on board the capsule, as the flight was planned to be one of the final key tests before Starliner flies NASA astronauts.

NASA ended the webcast of the mission earlier than expected as Boeing attempted to find a solution.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet that flight controllers were "working the issue." 

"We are getting good burns and are elevating the orbit of the spacecraft," Bridenstine said. 

The NASA chief identified at least part of the cause of the issue, saying there was an anomaly.

"Starliner believed it was in an orbital insertion burn... the spacecraft burned more fuel than anticipated to maintain precise control," Bridenstine said.

Bridenstine said that more information would be available at a 9 a.m. ET press conference. 


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