Boeing, NASA scrambling to discover what happened to Starliner spacecraft
Boeing’s Starliner malfunctioned on its way to the International Space Station. Fox News’ Phil Keating with more.
Boeing's Starliner commercial crew spacecraft landed in the New Mexico desert Sunday morning after an unsuccessful attempt at reaching the International Space Station.
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After successfully launching from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday, the Starliner did not reach its planned orbit and could not dock to the space station. Teams worked quickly to ensure the spacecraft was in a stable orbit and preserved enough fuel to ensure a landing opportunity, NASA said.
It was a major setback for Boeing, which had been hoping to catch up with SpaceX, NASA's other commercial crew provider that successfully completed a similar demonstration last March.
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Officials stressed the capsule was stable and safe, and that had astronauts been aboard, they would have been in no danger. A crew may have been able to take over control and salvage the mission.