Photo: (19659003) crew member for Boeing's first Boeing CST-100 Starliner Boeing flight flight in the second half of 2019 as "unable to fly for medical reasons," said in a statement the space agency on Tuesday. Instead, he will be replaced by the 22-year-old veteran astronaut E. Michael Mike Finke, a former three-space colonel from the Air Force under his belt, including space shuttle Endevor and commander of the international space
Finke occupies the position of astronaut Eric Boe, originally assigned to the mission in August 2018, "NASA writes. "Boe is unable to fly for medical reasons; he will replace Finke as assistant to the head of the commercial team at the astronaut's office at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
Fincke "was previously a flight engineer and scientific officer at the International Space Station in Expedition 9 and commanded Expedition Station 18," NASA added. "He returned as an expert on the STS-134 crew mission on the last mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. So far, the resident of Pennsylvania has spent 382 days in space and has made nine walks in space. "Space has a lot of experience in working with NASA crew partners, including Boeing and SpaceX rival. The other two crew members scheduled to fly to Starliner – NASA astronaut Nicole Aunapu Man and Chris Ferguson of Boeing, who left NASA in 2011 and have since worked with the company, have not changed.
The crew is changing (including the latter not unusual for NASA, which usually only gives little information about why such decisions are made) NASA astronaut Janet Eps, who would be the first African American to serve as a long-term member of the ISS crew, said last year that she had been left in the dark for months why she was pulled from her mission. "In October 2018, Eps said the experience was" a really bad thing that had happened, "and that her removal "is for reasons I do not understand at this time."
В However, CBS News notes that changes due to medical reasons are less common as Boe's redirection "thought it would only mark the fifth time in US space program history that the astronaut was pulled out of a task for space flights due to a medical problem. "
Boeing and SpaceX, who works to convert his own Dragon Carriage Crew Capsule, is competing to see which company will be the first private organization to send people to space as part of the program NASA's Commercial Crew . Both companies have to complete a successful, non-tested test flight to get first with the ISS, with SpaceX scheduled for February, and Boeing scheduled for March. The launch of the SpaceX crew is scheduled for June and Boeing for August, but the program has been repeatedly late (the spacecraft of the two companies was originally scheduled to be ready by 2017)
The readiness schedules may change if vessels are not ready for their test dates, or something goes wrong. SpaceX, which currently has many hands in its Big Falcon / Starship program, recently announced it will release 10 percent of its staff.
The United States has purchased Soybean missile sites from the Russian space agency Roscosmos in 2011 when it left the space shuttle. But the clock ticks up and NASA's Soyuz expedition expires in November 2019. [NASA/Space.com]