NASA and Boeing Collaborate To Provide Crucial Starliner Crew Flight Test

NASA and Boeing will be holding a joint media teleconference on August 7th to provide an update on the CST-100 Starliner’s inaugural astronaut flight. This mission will be a significant milestone as it will transport the Starliner’s first-ever astronaut crew to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

The teleconference will be live-streamed on NASA’s website and will include a comprehensive overview of the spacecraft and team’s preparedness for the Boeing Crew Flight Test. This test is crucial for advancing the development of the Starliner and will be its final flight test before regular crewed missions to the space station begin.

Key speakers at the teleconference will include Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, Joel Montalbano, manager of NASA’s International Space Station Program, and Mark Nappi, vice president and program manager of the CST-100 Starliner at Boeing.

The Starliner will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. After approximately one week in space, the spacecraft will return to Earth, landing in White Sands, New Mexico.

During its demonstration flight, the Starliner will transport two NASA astronaut test pilots, Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams. This mission aims to demonstrate the spacecraft’s capabilities, including takeoff and landing procedures.

Following a successful astronaut flight, NASA will proceed with certifying the Starliner spacecraft and its systems. Once certified, the Starliner will be cleared for regular crew rotation missions, providing safe and efficient transportation of astronauts to and from the ISS. This partnership between NASA and Boeing is driving innovation and exploration in space travel.