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The Boeing Starliner just had its maiden orbital launch today. Next year, when the first crewed Starliner flight takes place, Atlas rockets will send astronauts to space for the first time since the 1960s.

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Given that the maiden flight of the Dragon 2 is coming next month, much to the excitement of space exploration fans and veteran astronauts, even in the midst of COVID-19, is it possible that the first crewed flight of the Starliner could be pushed a few months ahead, maybe to September 2020?

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Boeing still has to fly OFT-2 (uncrewed), then close out the action items that NASA/Boeing/ASAP have written coming out of OFT-1 and subsequent reviews.  I'm just hoping that OFT-2 flies this year, but I honestly think it's going to be close.

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Given that the maiden flight of the Dragon 2 is coming next month, much to the excitement of space exploration fans and veteran astronauts, even in the midst of COVID-19, is it possible that the first crewed flight of the Starliner could be pushed a few months ahead, maybe to September 2020?

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Given that the maiden flight of the Dragon 2 is coming next month, much to the excitement of space exploration fans and veteran astronauts, even in the midst of COVID-19, is it possible that the first crewed flight of the Starliner could be pushed a few months ahead, maybe to September 2020?

That would be real "Go Fever" with Covid.

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Is there a plan to build a 3rd orbital Starliner? Seems  risky to have only 2.
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Is there a plan to build a 3rd orbital Starliner? Seems  risky to have only 2.

Technically, there are three vehicles already.  CM1, while used in the PAT, could be further outfitted.  But at this time for the current expected flight tempo, only two are planned.  Additional CMs could be built if ever deemed necessary. 
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Is there a plan to build a 3rd orbital Starliner? Seems  risky to have only 2.

Technically, there are three vehicles already.  CM1, while used in the PAT, could be further outfitted.  But at this time for the current expected flight tempo, only two are planned.  Additional CMs could be built if ever deemed necessary.
The first orbital Boeing CST-100 Starliner to be built (the one that carried out the OFT-2 flight) is to be used in the first operational manned Starliner mission, while the Starliner spacecraft named Calypso will be used in the CFT mission.

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