Starliner has successful first launch in Florida, but goes off course

Posted at 8:33 AM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 11:15:59-05

UPDATE (11 AM) -- NASA says Boeing's test capsule won’t dock with the International Space Station after the spacecraft went off course after launch.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Boeing's new Starliner capsule is rocketing toward the International Space Station on its first test flight.

Friday's liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, marks the start of a crucial dress rehearsal for next year's inaugural launch with astronauts.

The Starliner carries Christmas treats and presents for the six station residents and a mannequin named Rosie in the commander's seat. The test dummy, named after the World War II riveter, is wearing a red polka dot bandanna just like the original Rosie and Boeing's custom blue spacesuit.

The Starliner should reach the space station Saturday morning.