NASA and Boeing are working together to launch Starliner

NASA, together with Boeing, is set for another major event in space business as Starliner is scheduled to launch an uncrewed flight to the ISS. This was under the Network’s Commercial Crew Program, which is the probable capability of NASA to transport astronauts to space through use of commercially made and available spacecrafts for various commercial concerns made in USA.

Astronaut Profiles

  • Butch Wilmore: Despite of not having previous experience, candidate has to know Russian language fully and already visited space as the member of the Space Shuttle and spent a considerable amount of time in the ISS. Wilmore is a Boeing employee and was involved in Starliner preparation for this mission so he has vast knowledge and practice in spacecraft construction and preparation. 
  • Suni Williams: Of course, Williams has good reasons to be a space record breaker, starting from the record breaking space flight of a woman and multiple space walks and a great deal of experience in ISS making her a spectacular candidate for this mission.


Mission Timeline

  • May 3, 2024: An initial press Q&A session was conducted at the Kennedy Space Center involving several NASA and Boeing members outlining the goals and readiness of the mission.
  • May 6, 2024: The intended timeline of launch was to be carried out on 22nd September, 2014 but due to certain technicalities that were discovered during the final preparations, the launch was postponed.
  • June 1, 2024: The new launch date for the mission according to the memo.
  • June 2, 2024: The Starliner spacecraft is set to make its launch to the ISS, where the astronauts will perform certain experiments and assessments.
  • June 9, 2024: The return date with the Starliner spacecraft as planned would be upon touching down in the southwestern deserts of the United States.

Mission Objectives

The Crew Flight Test (CFT) is a crucial mission to evaluate and confirm the Starliner's capabilities in a real-world setting.

The primary objectives are:

  • Launch and Ascent: Atlas V rocket launches Starliner into orbit for independent navigation to the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Docking with ISS: Starliner will autonomously docks with the ISS to showcase its navigation and docking systems.
  • Onboard Operations: Astronauts will conduct tests and operations on the Starliner at the ISS to verify system functionality.
  • Return to Earth: Starliner lands on solid ground for a streamlined recovery process and then safe return for crew and spacecraft.

Successful completion of these objectives will validate Starliner's performance will provide insights for future crewed missions to the ISS.

In an attempt to provide a permanent human occupance at the International Space Station (ISS), NASA and Boeing are developing the crewed spacecraft known as Starliner. This mission will enable routine crewed missions and contributes to the plethora of American-built spacecrafts namely the Space Shuttle, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and more recently the newly developed SpaceX’s Dragon. That Boeing is part of the mission underlines how much business partnerships are essential in the progress of space exploration.


Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams are being readied by NASA and Boeing for the historic Starliner mission, which will offer a dependable and effective means of human transportation to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Future private space stations being planned by multiple companies will also use Starliner. Their participation in the spacecraft's development has improved their preparedness for eventualities. A new era of commercial spaceflight is about to begin with the launch of Boeing's Starliner with a crew on board, setting the stage for upcoming commercial flights to the International Space Station and beyond. Future significant improvements will arise from the expansion of space exploration as a result of NASA's continued collaboration with commercial enterprises.