Boeing launches first Starliner test flight

Boeing’s new Starliner space capsule had a turbulent first test flight Friday morning.

Taking off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Starliner — powered by the company's Atlas V rocket — went off its planned orbital trajectory about 30 minutes into its flight, The Associated Press reports.

According to Boeing, the Starliner was supposed to dock at the International Space Station (ISS) Saturday, but the capsule wasn't able to get into the position required to make it to the ISS.


NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineHow will Biden's Afghanistan debacle impact NASA's Artemis return to the moon? Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos wages lawfare on NASA and SpaceX The billionaires' space race is just the beginning MORE tweeted that because of going off course the Starliner was burning more fuel than expected.

“Safe and stable is the important thing right now,” Boeing spokeswoman Kelly Kaplan told reporters.

If the launch had been successful, the Starliner, which is designed to hold up to seven astronauts, could have been making a manned mission to space as soon this coming summer, but Friday's shaky test has put that timeline in jeopardy.
NASA has a press conference regarding the Starliner scheduled for 9:30 a.m.