|Mission type||ISS crew transport|
|Operator||NASA / Boeing|
|Mission duration||Two weeks to six months (planned)|
|Spacecraft type||Boeing Starliner|
Nicole Aunapu Mann
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||July 2021 |
|Rocket||Atlas V N22 (# 3)|
|Launch site||Cape Canaveral, SLC-41|
|Contractor||United Launch Alliance|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||August 2021 or January 2022 (planned)|
|Landing site||White Sands Missile Range|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Docking with ISS|
|Time docked||Two weeks to six months (planned)|
Boeing insignia, featuring the Starliner and ISS with the names of the crew originally assigned for the mission.
Left to right: Fincke, Wilmore, and Mann
Boeing Crew Flight Test (Boe-CFT) will be the first crewed mission of the Boeing 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. Originally planned to occur during 2020, the launch date for the mission is currently July 2021. It will fly with a crew of three NASA astronauts, who will remain aboard the ISS for an extended test flight.
"After removing and conducting checkouts on various systems and flight hardware, Boeing is preparing to reassemble the vehicle for flight", NASA said of the crew module for the CFT mission. "Soon, outfitting of the crew module's interior will begin along with packing parachutes and airbags ahead of installation". The CFT capsule's docking system has been modified to accommodate the new re-entry cover that will debut on the OFT-2 test flight.
Three NASA astronauts will serve as the crew of Boe-CFT: commander Barry Wilmore, pilot Michael Fincke, and mission specialist Nicole Aunapu Mann. Mann will become the first woman to fly on the maiden crewed flight of an American spacecraft.
Due to medical reasons, Eric Boe, who was originally assigned to the mission in August 2018 as pilot was replaced by Michael Fincke on 22 January 2019. Boe will replace Fincke as the assistant to the chief for commercial crew in the astronaut office at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson was originally assigned to the flight as commander, but he was replaced by NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore on 7 October 2020. Ferguson cited family reasons for the replacement.
|Spacecraft Commander|| Barry Wilmore, NASA|
|Pilot|| Michael Fincke, NASA|
|Mission Specialist|| Nicole Aunapu Mann, NASA|
The third Atlas V N22 rocket variant will launch the Starliner 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. Boeing teams continue refurbishing the crew module from the OFT-1 mission for the Crew Flight Test. 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. NASA announced on 28 August 2020 that this Boeing Starliner flight will occur in July 2021.