Boe was assigned to the mission in August 2018, and eight other astronauts took part in the first mission of NASA's commercial crew program. (In fact, Boe has been involved in the project for the past three years.) Through this initiative, two private companies, SpaceX and Boeing, have been manned spacecraft to transport astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station. SpaceX has been upgrading its Dragon cargo holds to transport astronauts, while Boeing has been improving CST-100 Starliner.
Astronaut Mike Fincke
After five years of research and development, the two manned spacecraft are expected to enter space for the first time this year. NASA plans to allow each manned spacecraft to conduct an unmanned test flight first, followed by a few days at the International Space Station. If NASA considers these tests to be successful, then the company's spacecraft will carry the first test passengers for test flights again. Boe
It was planned to take NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Chris Ferguson aboard a Boeing manned spacecraft to the International Space Station. The launch is tentatively scheduled for August, one month after SpaceX's planned first flight.
Fincke has plenty of space flight experience because it will be his fourth space trip. He was a retired Air Force colonel who took off on Russian Soyuz rockets and the Space Shuttle Endeavour. NASA said Fincke would immediately start training with Mann and Ferguson. According to NASA, Boe will remain on standby and report to the head of commercial crew planning at NASA's astronaut office.