Barry “Butch” Wilmore, Veteran Boeing Astraunaut of NASA, Mike Fincke, and Nicole Mann will be heading for the Crew test flight of Boeing from NASA. This will be the first flight having a crew of the starliner named CST-100 Starliner. It will go to the International Station in 2021.
Chris Ferguson has been replaced by Barry Wilmore in this flight test. They all will be in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program in 2021 as Ferguson opted out without any specific disclosed reasons.
Wilmore, a Veteran had been training since 2018 as he was the only backup Astronaut of NASA from all flights. He will take up the duties of the commander. The Starliner system’s end to end testing will be done in this venture.
Willmore had earlier served as the space shuttle Atlantis’ pilot in 2009 on STS-129. He delivered spare parts to the tune of 14 tons. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft dropped him in 2014. This had 4 skywalks in the 167-day mission.
The American aerospace industry has joined hands with NASA to make well-developed and modern spacecraft and launch systems. These systems can carry crews not only to the space station but also to low-Earth orbit. The discovery of the orbital outpost will be better if commercial transportation is well developed with a stronger research base.