Boeing’s new astronaut capsule fails to reach proper orbit in crucial test

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Boeing Test Launch Fail

A timer error prevented Boeing’s new astronaut capsule from reaching the desired orbit as it embarked on an unmanned debut journey to the International Space Station on Friday, U.S. space agency NASA said.

The CST-100 Starliner astronaut capsule successfully launched earlier from Cape Canaveral in Florida, but then failed to reach the orbit that would have put it on track to meet up with the space station.

The mission was a milestone test for the U.S. aerospace firm, which is vying with SpaceX to revive NASA’s human spaceflight capabilities

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