Astronaut Eric Boe was dismissed Tuesday from the upcoming take off for unspecified medical causes, after more than three years of coaching. Taking his seat will likely be Mike Fincke, a former space station commander. NASA has changed the person who was there in Boeing’s first launch with a crew. Boeing plans to launch its first Starliner capsule and not using a crew this spring, adopted by launch with astronauts this summer season to the International Space Station.
SpaceX — NASA’s different technical crew accomplice — might launch its Dragon capsule, minus a crew, next month. The capsule and Falcon rocket had been on the launch pad Wednesday for a take a look at engine firing. Boe and three different NASA astronauts were chosen in 2015 as the primary industrial crew members. They had been assigned to both a preliminary Dragon or Starliner mission last year.
Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson, who commanded the last house shuttle flight in 2011 earlier than leaving NASA, mentioned it would have been “an honor” to fly with Boe once more to the area station. They had been on the same shuttle flight in 2008 throughout station building.
“The #Starliner crew is bummed that he isn’t making this journey,” Ferguson stated by way of Twitter, whereas noting Fincke “brings years of expertise,” Ferguson stated he and NASA astronaut Nicole Mann, who’s additionally on the primary Starliner crew, are glad to have Fincke on board.