International Space Station (WTNH) — Boeing’s Starliner Spacecraft lifted off from Florida Friday. It was supposed to reach the International Space Station, but it never got there.
The Starliner returned to Earth Sunday morning in New Mexico.
Officials say they believe the issue was with a clock on the spacecraft.
That issue meant the spacecraft couldn’t fire its rockets at the right time to reach the ISS.
“It was an automation issue. If there were astronauts on board, they would have been able to take over the sequence and probably not make the errors that were made.”– Mike Massimino, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University
Connecticut-based Collins Aerospace designed life support technology on the Starliner.
No astronauts have been launched into space from the U.S. since 2011.