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Boeing's CST-100 Starliner fails to reach the International Space Station

Image via NASA (livestream)

A few hours back, NASA broadcasted the live stream of Boeing's Orbital Flight Test, which was the maiden, unmanned flight to the International Space Station (ISS) of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner vehicle atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Source: NASA via Bloomberg

But just 50 minutes after liftoff, the space pod was reportedly mispositioned to begin its last boost into an orbit so it could dock at the ISS. According to Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator, the spacecraft burned more fuel than planned for maintaining precise control before it could dock at the space station.

According to Boeing, the spacecraft is safe and the firm and NASA "are working together to review options for the test and mission opportunities available while the Starliner remains in orbit." Currently, NASA and Boeing have also held a joint press conference on YouTube:

This might have sizable repercussions for Boeing's candidacy for NASA's Commercial Crew Program. The other candidate is SpaceX, which successfully completed its similar, unmanned flight test for its Crew Dragon space pod to the ISS back in March. Though SpaceX's run hasn't been perfect either, with the Crew Dragon seeing an explosion with its static fire tests in April. However, the test was finally completed successfully in a re-run last month.

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