June 16, 2024
1 Solar System Way, Planet Earth, USA

Thruster failures and helium leaks can't stop Boeing's Starliner astronaut test flight, but why do they happen?

When NASA astronauts attempted to dock Boeing's first crewed Starliner spacecraft at the International Space Station on Thursday (June 6), they had to wait.

Five stern thrusters on the Starliner The service module was out of service. And that was after flight controllers found fixes for two new helium leaks on the spacecraft, in addition to one it already had. Additionally, its cooling system was using more water than expected and another helium leak would be detected later. Starliner docked with the space station.

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