Boeing's Starliner Lands After Two Days In Orbit
The Starliner experienced a clock error that resulted in the preliminary release of its propellant. It had only spent two days in orbit when the test flight was meant to have the spacecraft dock at the International Space Station.
However, the landing was flawless and was the first time that an American-made spacecraft had successfully landed on land.
“It was an absolute bull’s-eye,” said Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator during a news conference after the landing.
However, the shortened flight does not bode well for Boeing that has been roiled in scandal since the crashing of two 737 Max jets on separate occasions. The 737 Max scandal has further progressed when it announced that production on the jet would be temporarily halted. The 737 Max is Boeing’s most popular passenger jet.
NASA contracts private manufacturers to create the spacecraft that NASA uses on their missions. Thus, this clock error could set a delay on the eventual use of the Starliner.
The Starliner is designed to be reused up to 10 times. The next test flight will have astronauts on it.