CST-100 Starliner crew capsule landed Sunday at the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico after completing its first orbital test flight. These include mostly food and a test dummy nicknamed Rosie.
All the astronauts assigned to be on that first flight, NASA's Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann and Boeing's Chris Ferguson, who is also one of the main Starliner developers, followed the test via flight control centers. As the spacecraft was not able to do that, it appears that this benchmark and as such the mission were not completed successfully.
The uncrewed Starliner spacecraft launched on the ULA Atlas V rocket at 6:36 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At the post-launch press conference, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine quickly pointed out the many things that went well with the mission, and also noted that if human crew members had been aboard the spacecraft, they could have corrected the error in the short term and the mission to the ISS could have been saved.
After calculating that the craft had burned too much propellant for several minutes - owing to a clock problem - Boeing and NASA determined that the Starliner would have to return to Earth without fulfilling its planned mission.
"This mission has exclusively strengthened the resolve of the NASA, ULA, and Boeing groups", stated Jim Morhard, NASA deputy administrator.
In a test in November, only two of the three parachutes opened, although they proved sufficient for the landing.
The Starliner, and another capsule called Dragon from the SpaceX company, have been developed to reinstate the capability.
NASA hailed the aborted flight as a success, despite its failure to reach the ISS on what was meant to be a final dress rehearsal before a crewed mission.
Moving forward, the Starliner will be refurbished for Boeing's Crew Flight Test and, eventually, its first operational crewed mission.
Sunday's landing marked the first time a U.S. orbital space capsule designed for humans landed on land. After landing, he named the aircraft "Calypso", after the ship of Jacques Cousteau.
SpaceX, meanwhile, is building a separate Crew Dragon for its flight with astronauts, and only flew a preliminary version of the vehicle on its test run. Two years later, NASA hired SpaceX and Boeing to ferry astronauts to the orbiting lab.
"That's good for the agency, it's good for Boeing; that's good for the United States of America".
NASA has actually dedicated to spend $8 billion (approximately Rs. 56,928 crores) to Boeing and SpaceX, which inturn tend to be to provide six trips holding four astronauts each from today to 2024.
Instead of owning and operating the new capsules, Nasa will simply buy seats in the craft. Even when private companies are regularly carrying up astronauts for NASA, the space agency always will reserve a seat for a Russian in exchange for a free US seat on a Soyuz.
Over the years, these Soyuz rides contain ticket NASA up to $86 million apiece, with the tab totaling in the billions.