• [AMSAT-UK] Jeanette Epps KF5QNU joins Starliner mission to ISS

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    Jeanette Epps KF5QNU joins Starliner mission to ISS

    Posted: 25 Aug 2020 02:46 PM PDT https://amsat-uk.org/2020/08/25/jeanette-epps-kf5qnu-joins-starliner-mission-to-iss/

    Astronaut Jeanette Epps KF5QNU

    Astronaut and radio amateur Jeanette Epps KF5QNU has joined the Boeing
    CST-100 Starliner-1 crew for a mission to the International Space Station.
    ISS astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB answers questions from a student using amateur radio

    She joins fellow crew members Sunita Williams KD5PLB and Josh Cassada
    KI5CRH on the first operational crewed flight of Starliner. The six-month expedition is planned to launch to the ISS in 2021 following NASA
    certification after a successful uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 and Crew
    Flight Test with astronauts.

    While earning her doctorate, Epps was a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow, authoring several journal and conference articles on her research. After completing graduate school, she worked in a research
    laboratory for more than two years, co-authoring several patents, before
    the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruited her. She spent seven years
    as a CIA technical intelligence officer before her selection as a member of
    the 2009 astronaut class.

    NASA assigned Williams and Cassada to the Starliner-1 mission in August
    2018. The spaceflight will be the first for Cassada and third for Williams,
    who spent long-duration stays aboard the space station on Expeditions 14/15
    and 32/33.

    NASA press release


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