On Friday, the Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft launched, an important mission of the unmanned orbit ingress and delivers supplies to the International Space Station, but unfortunately, the flight control is abnormal, the spacecraft is helpless to stay in low orbit, there is not enough fuel to reach the International Space Station. After the accident, Boeing and NASA responded that the ship was in “healthy” condition, and the exact cause was being examined.
Meanwhile, NASA and Boeing decided to return the spacecraft ahead of time.
At 20:57 BST tonight, the CST-100 spacecraft will land at the U.S. Army White Sands Range in New Mexico, a full six days before the scheduled date.
NASA TV will be broadcast live from 19:45, and the off-orbit ignition is expected to take place at 20:23.
Despite failing to complete the docking mission, Boeing Vice President Jim Chilton stressed that the large amount of data that has been collected is encouraging. NASA President Jim Bridenine also noted that the team understands the problem and can fix it.
It is reported that the interstellar spacecraft for the International Space Station manned mission design, since the 2011 U.S. spacecraft retired, the United States has relied on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to carry out related missions. Last year, SpaceX’s manned Dragon spacecraft, also funded by the government, successfully tested its unmanned orbit.