Astronaut with local connection removed from Starliner test flight

A NASA astronaut, who recently trained at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has been removed from the test flight of Boeing’s Starliner crew transport spacecraft.

Astronaut Eric Boe will be unable to fly, according to NASA. He will be replaced by veteran NASA and ISS astronaut Edward “Mike” Fincke.

“Eric Boe, originally assigned to the mission in August 2018, is unable to fly due to medical reasons; he will replace Fincke as the assistant to the chief for commercial crew in the astronaut office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center,” according to a NASA statement.

Wright-Patt becomes a national hub for innovation

The Dayton Daily News interviewed Boe in November when he visited Wright-Patterson to train in the Defense Department’s only human-rated centrifuge. He was one of 10 astronauts to undergo two days of centrifuge testing at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing.

The centrifuge — which cost $34.4 million and was dedicated in August after five years of delays — is the world’s most advanced of its kind.

Boe, who is also a retired Air Force colonel, touted Wright-Patt and the centrifuge when he visited.

“(Wright-Patt) is a unique place and does a lot of good things,” Boe said in November. “Now we have this brand new centrifuge that’s making a big difference. So, Wright-Patt does a lot of great things not only for the Air Force but the military and also for NASA.”


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