Boeing Crewed Flight Test
CFT (now OFT-2) Starliner under construction in 2018
|Spacecraft type||Boeing Starliner|
|Members||Christopher J. Ferguson|
E. Michael Fincke
Nicole V. Aunapu Mann
|Start of mission|
|Rocket||Atlas V N22|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral SLC-41|
|Docking with ISS|
|Time docked||Two weeks to six months|
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. 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.
Crew[edit source | edit]
|Spacecraft Commander|| Christopher Ferguson, Boeing|
|TBD|| Michael Fincke, NASA|
|TBD|| Nicole Aunapu Mann, NASA|
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. Nicole Mann will become the first woman to fly on the maiden crewed flight of an American spacecraft.
Backup crew[edit source | edit]
|Spacecraft Commander|| Sunita Williams, NASA|
|TBD|| Josh A. Cassada, NASA|
|TBD|| Barry Wilmore, NASA|
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.
See also[edit source | edit]
- Commercial Crew Development
- Dragon 2
- Crew Dragon Demo-2, SpaceX's first crewed mission of their capsule
Notes[edit source | edit]
- "Boeing provides update, path forward for Starliner". 28 February 2020.
- Gebhardt, Chris (June 20, 2019). "Station mission planning reveals new target Commercial Crew launch dates – NASASpaceFlight.com". NASASpaceflight.com.
- Granath, Bob (2019-01-22). "NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignment for Boeing Flight Test". NASA. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
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