Boeing Crewed Flight Test

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Boe-CFT
Boe-CFT Starliner Weld.jpg
CFT Starliner under construction in 2018
Operator
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeStarliner
ManufacturerBoeing
Crew
Crew size3
MembersChristopher J. Ferguson
E. Michael Fincke
Nicole V. Aunapu Mann
Start of mission
Launch dateTBD[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
Boe-CFT insignia.png Boeing CFT Crew.jpg 

Boeing Crew Flight Test (also known as Boe-CFT) 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 after the uncrewed flight test. Its launch date is currently unclear,[1] it is planned to deliver three to four astronauts to the ISS for five months.[2][3]

Crew[edit]

Position Crew member
TBD 1 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

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.[4]

Backup crew[edit]

Position Crew member
Commander United States Sunita Williams, NASA
Third spaceflight
TBD 2 United States Josh A. Cassada, NASA
First spaceflight
TBD 3 United States Barry E. Wilmore, NASA
Third spaceflight

Mission[edit]

The second Atlas V N22 rocket variant, 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. This will be the first launch of a crewed spacecraft by an Atlas V rocket, and alongside Crew Dragon Demo-2, one of the first two crewed orbital flights from the United States after the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boeing provides update, path forward for Starliner". 28 February 2020.
  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. ^ Granath, Bob (2019-01-22). "NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignment for Boeing Flight Test". NASA. Retrieved 2019-01-24.