Meet The Astronauts Who Will Fly the First Private ‘Space Taxis’

August 3, 2018

Hertz Fellow Eric Boe will fly the first test flight of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, with fellow astronauts Chris Ferguson and Nicole Aunapu Mann. The craft, Boeing's bid to help bring crewed spaceflight back to US soil, will be launched as soon as next year in a test flight to the International Space Station.

Boe, Ferguson, and Mann are three of the nine astronauts NASA introduced on Friday who will fly missions through NASA's Commercial Crew program, through which Boeing and SpaceX are competing to be the first to bring astronauts to the space station. SpaceX's entry, the Crew Dragon, will be piloted in its first test flights by astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

Boe, who retired from his Air Force career as a combat and test pilot in 2012, has flown two previous missions to the space station, aboard Endeavor in 2008 and Discovery's final flight in 2011. For now, Boe and his crewmates are working closely with Boeing to as they develop the systems that will take his crew to the space station and back.

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