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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-03-2019 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please use this topic to discuss Boeing's CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission to the International Space Station.

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Now it's clear why Soyuz MS-16 will launch with two Russian cosmonauts and a Japanese astronaut in March/April 2020. The other USOS crew will launch on the first manned Starliner right around January.

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posted 04-11-2019 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any news about Ferguson? He is still in the crew for the first flight of Starliner?

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Yes, Chris Ferguson is still a member of the Starliner crew test, along with Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann. The three are undergoing training for the mission, as these photos show.

Above: Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson helps NASA astronauts Nicole Mann (left) and Mike Fincke (right) train for a spacewalk inside the International Space Station Airlock Mockup at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in February.

Above: Boeing astronaut and CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test crew member Chris Ferguson trains for a contingency water landing in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Above: NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson review International Space Station training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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posted 07-27-2019 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the next milestone that Boeing needs to meet on the way to its first CFT mission?

Robert Pearlman
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I believe the next milestone is roll out of the vehicle and integration with the Atlas (the timing of which hinges on the launch of AEHF 5).

I apologize, I misread the question to be about the Orbital Flight Test (OFT). The next milestones for the Crewed Flight Test (CFT) are the OFT and pad abort test, both of which are slated for September.

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posted 07-28-2019 02:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have any details been made public regarding the steps taken to man-rate the Atlas V rocket?

Robert Pearlman
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Most of the human-rating process is comprised of system reviews and paperwork documentation. Modifications to the vehicle have included adding redundancy to some of the critical systems and configuring the Atlas to recognize and respond to anomalies more quickly, with regard to triggering the Starliner abort system.

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