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Starliner enters orbit, headed to space station, but not without a glitch

Starliner enters orbit, headed to space station, but not without a glitch

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Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft finally reached orbit Thursday on its way to docking with the International Space Station,

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, completing a major step after two previous failed attempts that became part of the company’s many woes and a symbol of its fall from grace.

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But the accomplishment was marred when at a postlaunch briefing,

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Boeing revealed that two of the four thrusters that were to put the spacecraft into the correct orbit failed.

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Starliner has 12 thrusters that can be used for such maneuvers, backups kicked in and the spacecraft entered the correct orbit, officials said.

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They remained optimistic that the problem will not disrupt the mission, noting that the spacecraft has only a few major thruster firings left on its way to the station.

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