Boeing Capsule Goes Off Course, Won’t Dock at Space Station

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the unmanned Boeing Starliner crew capsule on an orbital flight test to the International Space Station lifts off from Cape Canaveral on Friday. Boeing reported that the capsule's subsequent insertion into orbit was not normal. (Terry Renna/Associated Press)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Boeing’s new Starliner capsule went off course after launch and won’t dock with the International Space Station. Friday’s liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, marked the start of a crucial dress rehearsal for next year’s inaugural launch with astronauts. Everything went flawlessly as the Atlas V rocket lifted off with the Starliner. But a half-hour into the flight, Boeing reported that the capsule didn’t get into the right orbit and burned too much fuel to safely reach the space station. NASA says the capsule will land in New Mexico, as early as Sunday.

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