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Boeing Crewed Flight Test

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Boe-CFT
Boe-CFT Starliner Weld.jpg
CFT (now OFT-2) Starliner under construction in 2018
Operator
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeBoeing Starliner
ManufacturerBoeing
Crew
Crew size3
MembersChristopher J. Ferguson
E. Michael Fincke
Nicole V. Aunapu Mann
Start of mission
Launch date2021
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 third orbital flight test of the Starliner overall after the two uncrewed flight tests, OFT-1 and OFT-2. Its launch date is currently unclear.[1] It will fly with a crew of two NASA astronauts and one Boeing astronaut, who will remain aboard the ISS for an extended test flight.[2][3]

Crew[edit source | edit]

Position Crew member
Spacecraft Commander United States Christopher Ferguson, Boeing
Fourth spaceflight
TBD United States Michael Fincke, NASA
Fourth spaceflight
TBD 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] Nicole Mann will become the first woman to fly on the maiden crewed flight of an American spacecraft.

Backup crew[edit source | edit]

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

Mission[edit source | edit]

The third Atlas V N22 rocket variant 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 source | edit]

  1. "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.

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