Starliner enters orbit, headed to space station

Starliner enters orbit, headed to space station

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

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

, 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.

, 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.

But the accomplishment was marred when at a postlaunch briefing,

But the accomplishment was marred when at a postlaunch briefing,

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

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

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

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

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.

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.