Boeing has released images of the first space flight of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft,media reported. Through a large number of cameras in the capsule, the video not only provides footage of the 48-hour unmanned mission from the first orbital mission from December 20 to 22, 2019, but also shows what it looked like when the spacecraft’s engine failed and was forced to return to Earth early.
The 2 minutes and 52-second video shows the spacecraft launching into space, dropping the lift cover, separating from the Centaur launch vehicle, and returning to Earth and Landing from Earth and Staliner, observed in near-Earth orbit.
The video also shows a dramatic moment after the mission timer malfunctioned — the on-board computer lost its position in the task sequence and activated the thruster at the wrong time, causing Starliner to go into the wrong orbit.
In the wake of this, NASA and Boeing engineers succeeded in stabilizing Starliner’s orbit, but the international space station (ISS) program was canceled due to the resulting waste of propellant. Starliner landed at the U.S. Military’s White Sands missile range in New Mexico at 5:48 a.m. on December 22.