Boeing Co. launched the first test flight of its Starliner space capsule from Florida before sunrise Friday, but the mission ran into problems roughly half an hour later on its long-awaited trip into orbit without astronauts.

Liftoff of the specially-instrumented CST-100 vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, aboard an Atlas V rocket, is intended to chart the course for routine missions carrying National Aeronautics and Space Administration crews to and from the international space station.

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