Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft encounters problems during approach to space station

The two NASA astronauts piloting Boeing’s Starliner capsule to the International Space Station on its first crewed flight encountered some problems as they approached the orbiting outpost.

The spacecraft was scheduled to dock with the space station at 12:15 p.m. ET, but problems with two of the 28 thrusters on the bottom of the Starliner capsule thwarted that attempt.

NASA said it is now targeting a docking time of 1:33 p.m. ET.

The spacecraft sits about 200 meters from the International Space Station while mission controllers troubleshoot problems. The problem affects the capsule’s reaction control thrusters, which are used to fine-tune the spacecraft’s trajectory as it approaches the space station.

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is more than 24 hours away from its long-awaited launch first crewed test flight to the space station. The capsule took off Wednesday atop an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral space station in Florida.

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