NASA and Boeing, on Friday 20 December, had launched its new Starliner unnamed spacecraft that revived back to the earth on Sunday, after the aborted mission.
The spacecraft was launched from Kennedy Space Station, Cape Canaveral, in Florida that was to reach ISS (International Space Station) but halted by an issue that forced NASA and Boeing, as well, to guide the spacecraft back to the earth.
The Spacecraft landed in the sands of Mexico in the United States on Sunday, yet again quartering a setback for NASA to celebrate.
NASA, instead of failing to reach, applauded the spacecraft mission into a triumph by revealing the landing pictures of flight touching the ground, accompanied by cushion airbags, and pretending the dawn descent like an achievement.
The reports have claimed that the spacecraft was launched with Atlas V Rocket, and they both were detached successfully as planned. Shorty, after their separation, the spacecraft was intended to fire its thrusters to reach the predetermined orbit.
As planned, the thrusters could not fire up due to an issue, and the spacecraft ended up burning a lot of propellants. The error occurred while the spacecraft was in no contact with NASA, which leads to the burning of fuel excessively, and there was no chance left reaching the orbit.
Hence, both NASA and Boeing had no option left instead of revolving the spacecraft back to earth. Moreover, the flight was launched with no crew inside, but now it will be planned to relaunch again, including seven crew members to accomplish the mission.
Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s Administrator, says – “We had some challenges, but a lot of things did, in fact, go right. We did not make it to the International Space Station. We did not dock, but the spacecraft flew exceptionally well. We’ve got a lot of data to review.”
Additionally, depicting the landing as “absolute bull’s-eye.”
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“Maybe it’s acceptable to go next step — fly the crew flight test, but we have to go through the data first,” Steve Stich, deputy manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said.
“We tested a majority of the core system of the vehicle. We had a little issue with the timer in the beginning.”
NASA said the Starliner had landed in excellent condition and would now be refurbished ahead of a decision on whether to carry out another test flight or to trust that the vehicle was safe to carry astronauts.
The capsule has been named “Calypso” after French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau’s ship, NASA added.