Boeing Starliner lands safely on the ground after rocky launch

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  1. Calliers

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    Elon Musk’s SpaceX may have the lion’s share of successful landings of rockets but rival Boeing is calling dibs on a different sort of landing. Its CST-100 Starliner was supposed to rendezvous with the International Space Station this weekend but failed to meet that objective due to a slight mishap. Fortunately, the mission didn’t end in a complete failure and now Boeing boasts of the first successful landing of an orbital crew capsule, paving the way for more tests in the near future.

    After the Starliner took off on December 20 and separated from its booster rocket, the spacecraft encountered a glitch in its timing and it ended up burning more fuel than necessary during the orbital insertion burn that would have put it in the ISS’ orbit. This, in turn, made it impossible for spacecraft to dock with the orbiting space station, which was one of the most important goals of the inaugural mission.

    All was not lost though, as the Starliner still had a few things to check off its list. That included landing safely on the ground instead of the ocean, a first in space travel history. To pull that off, Boeing had to put the craft into stable orbit around the Earth, charging from solar power in the meantime.
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  2. John Done

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    I am glad that the only issue was burning more fuel than necessary and the crew has landed successfully. In the past, the competitive companies were SpaceX and Boeing so it was acceptable to face some troubles and failures, but today, looking at the growing space industry and at the amount of rocket manufacturing company - every mistake can lead to a huge loss. Recently, only 6 countries in the world were leading in space technologies, but now, at least one rocket manufacturing company can be found in every country.
     

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