Boeing Crew Flight Test (Boe CFT) will be the first crewed mission of the Boeing Starliner and the third orbital flight test of the Starliner overall after the two uncrewed flight tests, OFT-1 and OFT-2.
The first crewed test flight test was initially planned to occur in 2017.[ Various delays have pushed the launch of the CFT mission to no earlier than 21 July 2023. It will fly with a crew of two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station for a one-week test flight.
The crew will consist of two NASA astronauts, Barry Wilmore (Commander) and Sunita Williams (Pilot). NASA Astronaut Michel Fincke will serve as a backup commander for the mission.
The third Atlas V N22 launch vehicle variant will launch Starliner with a crew of two. 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. This will be the first launch of a crewed spacecraft by an Atlas V vehicle.
Based upon current space station resources and scheduling needs, a short-duration mission with two astronaut test pilots is sufficient to meet all NASA and Boeing test objectives for CFT, which include demonstrating Starliner’s ability to safely fly operational crewed missions to and from the space station. To protect against unforeseen events with crew transportation to the station, NASA may extend the CFT docked duration up to six months and add an additional astronaut later, if needed.
A launch date has been given to launch the Starliner CFT mission no earlier than July 21, 2023. A specific launch time isn’t given as of today (April 4, 2023) and will be adjusted later.