Boeing Crewed Flight Test

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Boe-CFT
OperatorBoeing
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeStarliner
ManufacturerBoeing
Crew
Crew size3-4
MembersChristopher J. Ferguson
E. Michael Fincke
Nicole V. Aunapu Mann
Start of mission
Launch dateNET November 2019[1]
RocketAtlas V N22
Launch siteCape Canaveral SLC-41
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Inclination51.6 degrees
Docking with ISS
Time dockedTwo weeks to six months
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Boe-CFT (Boeing Crew Flight Test) will be the first crewed mission of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station, and the second orbital flight test of the Starliner overall. It is scheduled for launch no earlier than November 2019 and will deliver three to four astronauts to the ISS for five months[2][3].

Crew[edit]

Position Crew member
TBD 1[4] United States Christopher Ferguson, Boeing
Fourth spaceflight
TBD 2 United States Michael Fincke, NASA
Fourth spaceflight
TBD 3 United States Nicole Aunapu Mann, NASA
First spaceflight
TBD 4 TBA

Barry E. Wilmore will serve as backup for both Boe-CFT and for the first Starliner mission crews. Due to medical reasons, Eric Boe, who was originally assigned to the mission in August 2018 was replaced by Michael Fincke on January 22, 2019. Boe will replace Fincke as the assistant to the chief for commercial crew in the astronaut office at NASA's Johnson Space Center.[5]

Mission[edit]

The second United Launch Alliance Atlas V N22 rocket, designated AV-082, will launch the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft with a crew of three to four. The vehicle will dock with the International Space Station, and return to Earth under parachutes for a ground-landing in the United States. Originally the mission was scheduled to fly a shorter mission of about two weeks, although it had been speculated for sometime that, due to delays to the Commercial Crew Program Boe-CFT would be extended to a full fledged ISS crew rotation mission. In April 2019 NASA announced the mission had been fully extended to a crew rotation mission. The flight will mark the first time an Atlas rocket has launched a manned spacecraft since Mercury-Atlas 9 in 1963.[citation needed]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Eric M. (March 20, 2019). "Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program:..." Reuters.
  2. ^ https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-and-boeing-extend-starliner-crew-flight-test-duration-to-space-station-target-new
  3. ^ Gebhardt, Chris (June 20, 2019). "Station mission planning reveals new target Commercial Crew launch dates – NASASpaceFlight.com". NASASpaceflight.com.
  4. ^ NASA has not announced which astronaut will command the Boe-CFT mission.
  5. ^ Granath, Bob (2019-01-22). "NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignment for Boeing Flight Test". NASA. Retrieved 2019-01-24.