Edmonton Oilers come from behind to take Game 2 in Calgary

WATCH ABOVE: Some recent videos from the world of hockey.

The Edmonton Oilers rallied from an early deficit for a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames Friday night. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

“I just thought we battled harder, that was all,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said after the game. “Working, being harder in battles, winning some 50/50 pucks — you know we didn’t win many in Game 1. So, I thought we did a good job of that. Obviously, we defended better I thought; still gave up some chances but Smitty played well.”

The Flames once again took an early lead. With the Oilers scrambling after Zach Hyman broke his stick, Calgary defenceman Michael Stone ripped a point shot past Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith 3:02 into the game.

Exactly three minutes later, Flames forward Brett Ritchie was alone in front to tap in a rebound. Defenceman Duncan Keith put the Oilers on the board, finishing off a pass from Connor McDavid who had spun free from a check behind the net.

Read more:

Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse among King Clancy Trophy finalists

The Oilers took a too-many-men penalty early in the second. Flames forward Tyler Toffoli cashed in on the power play to make it 3-1.

The second period of Game 2 in the Battle of Alberta gets underway and Oilers fans watching on the big screen at Rogers Place are ready for it. May 20, 2022.

The second period of Game 2 in the Battle of Alberta gets underway and Oilers fans watching on the big screen at Rogers Place are ready for it. May 20, 2022.

Eric Beck/Global News

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl thought he replied just 29 seconds later, but the Flames successfully challenged for goalie interference with McDavid cutting through the crease on the play.

Read more:

Battle of Alberta Game 1 sees Oilers lose 9-6 to Flames

McDavid would get one that counted not long after, taking a pass from Keith, stepping in front and reaching to tuck the puck past Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom.

Oilers even series with Flames

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh


With Stone serving a double-minor for high -sticking Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto, defenceman Evan Bouchard powered a shot by Markstrom to tie it 3-3.

Hyman beat Markstrom up high on a shorthanded breakaway to give the Oilers their first lead of the series with 9:46 to go in the third.

Less than three minutes later, Draisaitl scored on his own breakaway chance to make it 5-3 Oilers.

Smith made 37 saves. Keith had a goal and two assists.

Game 3 is Sunday at Rogers Place. You can listen to the game live on 630 CHED beginning with The Faceoff Show at 4 p.m. The actual game starts at 6 p.m.

More to come…

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Man wanted in connection with forcible confinement, sexual assault of woman in Edmonton area

Police are asking for tips as they look for a man wanted in connection with an attack on a woman in Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., on Friday.

In a news release issued late Friday night, the RCMP said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of 45-year-old Jason Trevor Hipson of Fort Saskatchewan.

They said he is believed to be in Strathcona County but he may have been travelling to Edmonton or a nearby community Friday night.

“Hipson should not be approached as he may be a harm to himself or others,” the RCMP said.

Police said they are investigating after a woman was allegedly confined in a home for approximately eight hours on Friday. She was reportedly assaulted during the ordeal which only ended when someone showed up at the home and saw what was happening.

The RCMP said they believe the man behind the assault then left the scene in the woman’s vehicle before leaving it in Sherwood Park, Alta., where Mounties later found it.

The victim was treated by paramedics and then taken to hospital with what RCMP described as “significant injuries” to her entire body.

Police said Hipson is facing charges that include aggravated assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and vehicle theft.

The RCMP said its air service and police dog service are assisting with the search for Hipson.

He is described as being five-foot-three and 145 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes

Anyone with information on Hipson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-997-7900. Tips can also be anonymously submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contacting them online at http://www.P3Tips.com.

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Graduating class of 2022 at Royal Military College celebrate their fallen classmates

A memorial for the four officer cadets who lost their lives last month in a fatal crash at The Royal Military College took place during Thursday night’s sunset ceremony.

Officer cadets Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu,  Broden Murphy, and  Andrés Salek were killed when their vehicle entered Lake Ontario at Point Fredrick on RMC campus in the early hours of April 29th.

Read more:

4 cadets killed in incident at military college in Kingston identified

Each officer cadet was set to graduate this year, but instead was remembered and celebrated by close friends through tributes during the ceremony

“Andres Salek you embody true humility,” said officer cadet Amy Byun.

“You were always humble and put the needs of others before your own,” she said stopping once during the speech to collect herself.

“Jack, Andrei, Broden and Andres I bid you fair winds and following sea,” said Commodore Josée Kurtz, the head of The Royal Military College of Canada.

“I know you were to be army and air-force officers but I hope you appreciate the special naval send off” she added in her tribute.

This is the first year since the pandemic that a sunset ceremony has taken place and officials with the college say it was the graduating class who organized the special tribute, as a way for the RMC community to grieve together.

“For those of you who never got the opportunity to spend time with Andrei, I am truly sorry,” said officer cadet Devin Mainguy.

“He was a wonderful, talented, charismatic, young man.”

Read more:

End of term celebrations muted as RMC students mourn 4 killed in incident

The tribute to the four fallen cadets was followed by a drum-in band performance and traditional sunset ceremony with fireworks dedicated to the fallen cadets.

It’s a celebratory time for the graduating class of 2022 that has been dampened by the loss of four young lives.

Investigators haven’t said anything more about the details of the fatal incident other than there was “no foul play from an outside source.”

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Kingston's Royal Military College graduates step into their careers

It’s a tradition nearly 100 years in the making and a rite of passage at The Royal Military College of Canada.

In front of proud family members and Canada’s top soldier, the graduating class of 2022 at RMC marched through the Memorial Arch Friday, to officially begin their careers in the armed forces.

The march under the arch for the 350 students who have officially graduated signifies their becoming commissioned officers of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The march takes place one day after the graduating class memorialized four of their classmates who won’t be graduating.

Officer cadets Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu, Broden Murph and Andrés Salek died tragically when their vehicle entered the water of Lake Ontario from the RMC campus in the early hours of April 29th.

Read more:

Foul play not suspected in deaths of 4 RMC cadets

The arch march tradition only happens twice for students, once when they begin their time at RMC and then again when they graduate.

For newly-minted officers and sisters Jenna and Alyssa Kane it’s a celebration of hard work and dedication.

“It was fantastic,” said Jenna Kane.

“It’s exhilarating because we’ve been waiting to do that for four years,” she added.

The Kane twins call Kingston their hometown and both won several awards Friday presented by the Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Wayne Eyre.

They are athletes and in fencing at RMC.

“We had a little break over COVID, but we had a redemption year this past year. We came home with the bronze in the OUAs which was really exciting,” said Alyssa Kane.

“It was a nice way to end off the four years.”

For only the second time in their lives, the twins will be apart and heading their own separate ways.

Read more:

Twin athletes from Kingston to stick together with military career

The first time was when Alyssa went to British Columbia, but that was only for a short period of time.

“For really the first time, we’re going to be separated completely,” said Jenna Kane

“It’s exciting, we’re excited to start our lives separately but we are also excited to meet each other in Borden again in November,” she added.

Alyssa will be heading to Petawawa for the summer, while Jenna makes her way across the country to Cold Lake, Alta.

It was a milestone of a day for the 270 graduating cadets and their families, as they begin their careers in the Canadian Armed Forces.

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

London Majors' home opener postponed after Labatt Park evacuated following report of gas leak

A report of a gas leak forced the evacuation of Labatt Park midway through the London Majors’ home opener Friday night against the Kitchener Panthers.

Emergency crews including London fire, paramedics and police were called to the ballpark shortly after 9:20 p.m.

“We were initially called for a possible gas leak or something that smelt like propane. There was a couple of patients that supposedly fainted and passed out. On arrival we had a couple of patients that we assessed,” said Bill Sadler, acting operations superintendent with Middlesex-London Paramedic Services.

One person was taken to Victoria Hospital as a precaution, he said. “Other than that… everything was good with them, and the other patients that were assessed were not transported.”

Read more:

London Majors ready to hand out rings ahead of 2022 home opener

London Fire Platoon Chief Kirk Loveland said the initial call came in as a Level 3 hazmat, indicating hazardous materials.

“Upon arrival, the crews investigated and they could find no evidence of any kind of hazardous materials in the area. A couple of people were assessed and it came down to more heat exhaustion,” Loveland said.

“Our alarm came in under the same circumstances (as EMS), that it was possible hazardous material gas or propane or some noxious odour. But there was nothing found on scene.”

Fire crews gave the all clear around 9:49 p.m., roughly 25 minutes after the initial call, he said.

The IBL championship Majors were at the top of the fifth inning against the Panthers when fans were told to calmly leave Labatt Park. No reason was given for the evacuation. At the time of the evacuation, Kitchener was leading 5-4.

“Your attention please, we’re going to stop the game. I want to ask everybody to please calmly start making your way to the exits. There is no cause for panic,” an announcer could be heard saying over the park’s public address system in an online stream of the game.

“Majors fans, there has been an announcement inside the ballpark here that we’re going to have to end the broadcast here and leave the ballpark, and we’ll try to pick things up later,” broadcast commentator Noah Smith can be heard saying before the stream abruptly ends.

Asked if it was a relief that the call turned out to be nothing serious, Loveland replied, “Absolutely.”

“You err on the side of caution. You want to be thorough,” he said.

“You want to make sure that there’s nothing there, especially when you know there’s people involved. You want to have them assessed and make sure that you rule out anything that could have caused an issue with people.”

Read more:

‘Childhood memories’: Firework safety tips in celebrating Victoria Day

He adds he’s not sure why the initial call was of an odour of propane.

“I’m not sure what why they reported that because upon arrival, there was no sign of anything being used,” he said.

“There was no evidence that there was any propane or gas being used in the ballpark. They couldn’t find anything,” Loveland said, referring to fire crews.

In a tweet, the London Majors reported that the game had been postponed in the top of the fifth inning, and that further details would be provided when they became available.

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Edmonton Oil Kings prevail against Winnipeg Ice in Game 1 with 5-4 OT win

WATCH ABOVE: Some recent videos from the world of hockey.

Forward Tyler Horstmann scored in overtime to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 5-4 win against the Winnipeg Ice Friday night.

Horstmann scored 1:07 into overtime. Ice netminder Gage Alexander had tried to clear the puck but not before an Oil King appeared to knock it loose. Horstmann glided into the slot and quickly put the puck in the back of the net.

READ MORE: Unbeaten Edmonton Oil Kings prepare for WHL Eastern Conference final against Winnipeg Ice

The win means the Oil Kings remain unbeaten during the 2022 playoffs and the road victory saw the team take a 1-0 series lead in the WHL Eastern Conference final.

Horstmann, who also recorded an assist in the game, was named the first star of the game. Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther scored two goals, recorded an assist and was named the second star while Ice defenceman Benjamin Zloty, who scored two goals, was named the third star.

Oil Kings netminder Sebastian Cossa stopped 22 of 26 shots to earn the win. Edmonton outshot Winnipeg 40 to 26.

Daniel Hauser started the game between the pipes for Winnipeg but was replaced by Alexander after giving up four goals on 21 shots.

Edmonton went 1-for-4 on the power play while Winnipeg went 2-for-6.

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

'He deserves better': B.C. parents say more support needed for son with autism

A Surrey mother's heartbreaking post about her son with autism spending his recesses and lunch breaks alone in a corner of the schoolyard has raised once again the issue of whether special needs children get enough support in B.C.'s school system.

A heartbreaking story about a family who says the education system has failed them is generating a big response and an outpouring of support online.

Karyn Millar shared a photo on Facebook of her 13-year-old son, Tristan.

The photo shows him sitting alone at the edge of his Surrey, B.C., school grounds, eating a snack and scrolling through his phone while other kids play nearby.

“Let me first start by saying…this picture is sad,” Karyn wrote. “It makes me really sad. I am sad because this kid is the funniest, kindest, most caring individual on the planet. He is a talented artist, he is obsessed with computer animation and how movies are made.

“He can tell you the year any Pixar movie was made and he actually loves talking about all of those things.”

Tristan has autism but that doesn’t define him.

Karyn said her son is age and grade-appropriate for many activities, including socializing and making friends but he is not given the chance to be.

“I’m sad for him because I know who he could be and I’m frustrated because I feel like I’m repeating myself, again and again, asking for help,” Karyn told Global News Friday.

“I’m sad for him because he deserves better.”

Read more:

B.C. dad spreads love, acceptance after only 1 child came to his son’s birthday

She said she has asked the school for help but has been told there are either no hours left or no money left to have an education assistant available for recess and lunch to monitor and help Tristan.

“Tristan has really bad social anxiety so he doesn’t have the skills, or hasn’t been able to practice the skills in school due to a lack of support for the last, I don’t know how many years, to overcome that anxiety to interject himself into play or ask to join others playing,” Karyn added.

Karyn said she has heard from so many parents on her post that have children experiencing the same treatment and isolation that Tristan is going through.

“A price tag should not be put on human connection,” she said. “What I want is for every kid to have one-to-one support. What I want is for Tristan to have someone out with him at recess and lunch that understands what a kid with autism needs, encouraging him to get out of his comfort zone and past those social anxieties that he has.”

Tristan’s dad, Ryan, said he worries about his son’s feelings and his future.

“It’s a constant daily fear of someone blaming him or bullying him for something he’s trying to overcome on a regular basis,” Ryan said.

“For a parent with autism, there’s so many daily struggles that you go through. You’re constantly trying to fight for your child. All you want to know is you’re giving him the best opportunities.”

Ryan said when he sees those photos of Tristan sitting alone, he wants to do everything he can but there are limits to what parents can do when their children are in school.

Both Karyn and Ryan said they would like to see at least an attempt made with the resources available to give Tristan support for the remaining five weeks of his elementary school career.

But ultimately, Karyn said the system is broken.

She would like people to help by writing to the Surrey School Board and the Ministry of Education, asking for more funding for education, especially for children with special needs.

Global News reached out to Tristan’s school and the Surrey School District. Late Friday the district said there is an appeal process for parents who do not agree with cuts to their child’s support.

— with files from Rumina Daya

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Edmonton council react to transit safety report: 'It's a little slow getting started'

For months, Edmonton transit riders have been sharing concern with safety on the LRT. In February the city approved a transit safety plan and now there’s an update on how much progress has been made. As Sarah Reid explains, city councillors and victim's families both agree that changes aren't coming fast enough.

Edmonton city council has received a report outlining the changes that have been made since it approved a transit safety plan in February.

“It’s a little slow getting started,” said Coun. Tim Cartmell.

“We’re still trying to recruit and train up people to fill out those new community transit teams. We’re so anxious to see those actually be fruitful and have more people out there.”

Read more:

Troubled Transit: State of Edmonton’s LRT system frustrates, shocks riders

The city is hiring more people to be part of its Community Outreach Transit Teams, as well as a director of transit safety.

Following the number of stabbings and assaults that have happened at LRT stations in recent months, riders have been vocal about the concerns they have over safety while using Edmonton’s transit system.

Read more:

Edmonton senior shares terrifying LRT station encounter: ‘I was screaming for help’

One of those people has been Ram Mudalier. In April, his sister Sharda Devi Naidu was pushed off a platform at the Health Sciences/Jubilee LRT station by a stranger.

The nearly 80-year-old senior suffered a badly broken leg and has been recovering in hospital ever since.

“At that age, and with the damage that has been done, it will take quite a few months for her to recover,” Mudalier said, adding he believes she will remain in hospital for at least another five to six months.

Despite his sister’s injuries, Mudalier is happy with the efforts city council is making.

The city’s plan included making changes to transit peace officer deployment. It said the new model will see 35 per cent of officer resources dedicated to foot patrol, and community outreach by July. Some of those changes come into effect on May 22.

Read more:

Search for solutions: How do Edmonton leaders improve the LRT system?

Following the long weekend, riders should expect to see an increased presence of peace officers patrolling stations between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m.

“When the people who are trying to create problems see more safety officers, it will prevent them from doing it anywhere and everywhere,” Mudalier said.

Despite the transit safety plan being implemented, reports about drug use and poisonings in facilities have continued.

From January to March 2022, 227 reports were submitted to transit. In the six weeks before the transit safety report was released, security guards deployed naloxone more than 50 times in transit facilities.

Read more:

‘Ugly side of convenience’: Neighbours near Edmonton LRT station weigh benefits

Cartmell said he is hearing from those that he represents that they do not want Edmontonians who are suffering from addiction or mental health struggles to be shamed or over-prosecuted, but also want to see a return to a level of accountability.

“There is an expectation that urination, defecation, vandalism, and using in public spaces is not acceptable, and we expect a certain level of personal conduct from all of us.”

Cartmell is hoping the city’s efforts will help prevent future incidents.

“I hope we see, ultimately, that people find this a safe place to be, a safe place to spend their money and their time,” said Cartmell.

“We also want to see the amount of anecdotal information we get about it being unsafe and unwelcoming goes down.”

Until further changes are made and the impacts are become apparent, Mudalier is reminding transit users to be aware of their surroundings and travel in groups if possible.

Read more:

Transit safety could be used as leverage to increase Edmonton police budget: CTLA

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

As COVID-19 begins to diminish, more Canadians are getting sick with the flu

WATCH: Dr.Isaac Bogoch, Infectious diseases expert gives his diagnosis on the COVID situation in Canada and previews what the summer could look like ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend.

COVID-19 cases are on the decline, but more and more Canadians are getting sick with the flu across the country, Canada’s top public health officer said Friday.

“We’re seeing influenza activity increasing up to the seasonal threshold despite the opposite trends being expected this time of year,” Dr. Theresa Tam, the nation’s chief public health officer, told reporters during a federal COVID-19 update.

Without many COVID-19 health mandates like masking in effect in most places across the country, cases of the flu have increased, according to Tam.

“One of the things we’ve learned about the use of public health measures for COVID-19 in the past two years is that they were also effective in reducing the prevalence of other infectious diseases. Our reduced contact rates may have interrupted transmission of other diseases such as influenza,” said Tam.

“Personal protective habits help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as well as other risky transactions during diseases,” she added. “This is a reminder that our efforts are still needed.”

According to a report from the federal government, cases of the flu have sharply increased since the beginning of April.

From May 8 to May 14, 2,121 laboratory detections of the flu were reported. The percentage of visits for influenza-like illness was 1.8 per cent during this time period, exceeding pre-pandemic levels typical of this time of year.

Read more:

Worldwide COVID-19 deaths dropping, but cases rising: WHO

“Now because we don’t have masks, you see this huge increase of flu in the population,” Horacio Bach, clinical assistant professor affiliated with the division of infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, told Global News.

Bach still recommends the use of masks and continues to double mask when in public.

As of May 20, the seven-day average of daily lab-confirmed cases sits just above 3,564, down more than 60 per cent from the rate seen a month ago.

The number of Canadians seeking treatment in hospital for COVID-19 sits at 4,880 patients, down more than 20 per cent from two weeks ago.

That includes 349 people being treated in intensive care units, a number that has now stabilized after falling through the first half of April.

The country is currently seeing an average of 63 deaths per day. The rate has stayed steady throughout early May after steadily rising over the course of April.

However, newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases have brought the national total to over 3.84 million cases and more than 40,600 deaths. More than 4,800 patients are currently in the hospital with COVID-19 including more than 340 people in intensive care.

As of May 19, more than 84,952,660 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

So far, more than 34,986,036 Canadians have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, while 31,356,155 Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with two doses.

Since they were authorized in September 2021, 18,610,469 third “booster” doses have been administered, according to available provincial and territorial data — meaning 48.7 per cent of the Canadian population has received three doses.

As of May 19, 90.4 per cent of eligible Canadians aged five and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 86.2 per cent are fully vaccinated with two shots. Vaccinations for children aged five to 11 were approved by Health Canada last November.

In Ontario, 1,412 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 new deaths were reported in the latest update on May 20.


In Quebec, there have been 612 reported new cases of COVID-19 in its latest update on May 20, with 12 new virus-related deaths.

The province has seen 15,312 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Saskatchewan announced 465 new infections and 22 new deaths over seven days in the latest update on May 19 and Alberta reported 3,614 new COVID-19 cases and 61 new deaths over seven days in the latest update on May 18.

Read more:

Edmonton Humane Society reopens after 2-year COVID closure of in-person services

In Nova Scotia’s latest update, 2,513 new COVID-19 cases and 24 new deaths were reported over seven days.

Newfoundland and Labrador reported 264 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over five days in the latest update on May 18.

There are currently 14 patients in hospital with COVID-19, up from the last update, with two people in intensive care.

The Northwest Territories reported 31 new COVID-19 cases over seven days in the latest update on May 16 and Prince Edward Island reported 792 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over seven days in the latest update on May 17.

Although Manitoba has seen a decline in the number of daily cases, it has seen an increase in the number of hospitalizations and ICU admittances over the past week. The same is true for British Columbia.

“This is a reminder that our efforts are still needed,” Tam said on Friday, speaking about elevated hospitalization levels.

As of May 18, Yukon reported four new cases of COVID-19. There have been 4,339 cases to date, 4,290 of whom have recovered. The territory has seen 25 deaths from COVID-19.

Tam remains “cautiously optimistic” that COVID will continue to reprieve slightly in Canada over the next few months.

“But, anything can happen and we just need to remain vigilant,” she said.

— with files from Sean Boynton

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Boeing's astronaut capsule arrives at International Space Station in test do over

The first all-private team of astronauts arrived safely at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday to begin a week-long science mission, hailed as a milestone in commercial spaceflight.

With only a test dummy aboard, Boeing’s astronaut capsule pulled up and parked at the International Space Station for the first time Friday, a huge achievement for the company after years of false starts.

The only other time Boeing’s Starliner flew in space, it never got anywhere near the station, ending up in the wrong orbit.


In this handout photo provided by NASA, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with Boeings CST-100 Starliner spacecraft launches from Space Launch Complex 41 on May 19, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Boeings Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) is Starliners second uncrewed flight test and will dock to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. OFT-2 launched at 6:54 p.m. ET, and will serve as an end-to-end test of the system's capabilities.

(Photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images)

This time, the overhauled spacecraft made it to the right spot following Thursday’s launch and docked at the station 25 hours later. The automated rendezvous went off without a major hitch, despite a pair of thrusters that failed during liftoff.

Boeing’s flight comes three years after Elon Musk‘s Spacex pulled off the same test. SpaceX has since launched 18 astronauts to the space station for NASA, as well as tourists.

With Starliner’s arrival, NASA finally realized its longtime effort to have two crew capsules from competing U.S. companies flying to the space station. A SpaceX Dragon capsule was parked nearby.

If the rest of Starliner’s mission goes well, Boeing could be ready to launch its first crew by the end of this year. The astronauts likely to serve on the first Starliner crew joined Boeing and NASA flight controllers in Houston, as the action unfolded nearly 270 miles (435 kilometers) up.

NASA wants redundancy when it comes to the Florida-based astronaut taxi service. Administrator Bill Nelson said Boeing’s long road with Starliner underscores the importance of having two types of crew capsules. U.S. astronauts were stuck riding Russian rockets once the shuttle program ended, until SpaceX’s first crew flight in 2020.


A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the Boeing Starliner spacecraft lifts off from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station for the Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission on May 19, 2022 in Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States on May 19, 2022.. This is the second un-crewed flight test for the Starliner capsule which will dock to the International Space Station as part of NASA Commercial Crew Program.

(Photo by Paul Hennessy/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Boeing’s first Starliner test flight in 2019 was plagued by software errors that cut the mission short and could have doomed the spacecraft. Those were corrected, but when the new capsule awaited liftoff last summer, corroded valves halted the countdown. More repairs followed, as Boeing chalked up nearly $600 million in do-over costs.

Before letting Starliner get close to the space station Friday, Boeing ground controllers practiced maneuvering the capsule and tested its robotic vision system. Everything checked out well, Boeing said, except for a cooling loop and the two failed thrusters. The capsule held a steady temperature, however, and had plenty of other thrusters for steering.

Once Starliner was within 10 miles (15 kilometers) of the space station, Boeing flight controllers in Houston could see the space station through the capsule’s cameras. “We’re waving. Can you see us?” joked station astronaut Bob Hines.

The gleaming white-with-blue-trim capsule hovered 33 feet (10 meters) from the station for close to two hours – considerably longer than planned – as flight controllers adjusted its docking ring and ensured everything else was in order. When the green light finally came, Starliner closed the gap in four minutes, eliciting cheers in Boeing’s control center.

The space station’s seven astronauts will unload groceries and gear from Starliner and pack it up with experiments. Unlike SpaceX’s Dragon capsule that splashes down off the Florida coast, Starliner will aim for a landing in New Mexico next Wednesday.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

You May Also Like

Top Stories