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.
Accomplishment was marred when at a postlaunch briefing,
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.
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.