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The Starliner-1 mission

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Joshua Kutryk will be the next Canadian to live and work on the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Starliner-1 mission.

No earlier than the beginning of
In development
Approximately 6 months

Starliner-1 mission

This is the first operational mission of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spaceship to the ISS. It will launch no earlier than the beginning of . The mission will be launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Upon return, the capsule will land on solid ground.

The CST-100 Starliner spacecraft in space over the South Pacific

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft approached the ISS on the company's Orbital Flight Test-2 mission. (Credit: NASA)

CSA astronaut Joshua Kutryk will spend approximately six months onboard the Station to conduct scientific experiments and test new technologies. Canadians from all backgrounds will have special access to this mission. Joshua Kutryk is particularly interested in inspiring young people and sparking their interest in space, science, technology, engineering and mathematics by offering them an extraordinary glimpse into the greatest moments of his mission.

The personal mission patch for Joshua Kutryk

Joshua Kutryk's personal patch for the Starliner-1 mission

Credit: CSA

This personal mission patch was created for the space flight of CSA astronaut Joshua Kutryk to the ISS. It features elements that are significant in his life and his professional journey.

Canada's emblem, the maple leaf, rises over the horizon. This points to his pride in being Canadian, as well as the importance of space for our future shared prosperity as a country. It rests on a light blue background representing the vast sky, which has always captured his imagination. The light and dark greens evoke the Canadian Prairies – his childhood home – and convey his great interest in environmental protection and healthy food production, both on Earth and in space. In the distance, the Rockies jut into the sky, a nod to his love of the great outdoors and to the natural beauty of Canada.

In the lower portion is an outline of the first plane to be flown in Canada, the Silver Dart. The two triangles meeting behind it signify the intersection of engineering and operational excellence, alluding to Colonel Kutryk's career as a test pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In the upper portion is the ISS, the orbiting laboratory where Kutryk will live and work for about six months. While there, he will conduct research that is essential not only for astronauts, but also for people on Earth – helping improve our quality of life and our understanding of human health. The stars represent his immediate family. Lastly, the Moon symbolizes crewed missions to deep space, a new frontier that Canada is preparing to explore.

Starliner-1 mission crew

Joshua Kutryk will travel to the ISS with NASA astronauts Scott Tingle and Mike Fincke. A fourth astronaut will be joining them (announcement coming soon). The crew will live and work on the Station for approximately six months.

The Starliner-1 mission will make history: it will be the first CSA astronaut mission under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. This partnership with the private sector enables the transportation of astronauts to and from the ISS in a safe, reliable and cost-effective way, using a new generation of spaceships and launchers.

Scott Tingle

Scott Tingle

Scott Tingle is an engineer, test pilot, and decorated U.S. Navy pilot. In -, he spent 168 days on the ISS. During this mission, he conducted maintenance work on Canadarm2 during a spacewalk. He will be the first operational mission commander of the Starliner vehicle.

Full biography of Scott Tingle

Mike Fincke

Mike Fincke

Mike Fincke is an engineer, test pilot, and decorated U.S. Air Force pilot. He was a crewmember on Expedition 9 and served as the Expedition 18 Mission Commander. In , he flew on STS-134. He spent a total of nearly 382 days in space and completed nine spacewalks. He worked in the Commercial Crew Program. Starliner-1 will be his fourth space mission.

Full biography of Mike Fincke

Joshua Kutryk

Joshua Kutryk
Mission Specialist (Starliner-1) and Flight Engineer (ISS)

Joshua Kutryk is an accomplished engineer, fighter pilot, and test pilot with over 4,000 flight hours on more than 40 aircraft types. He has worked with the Starliner team in Houston since . He will serve as capcom for the ascent and atmospheric return of the first flight with crew of the CST-100 Starliner. Starliner-1 will be his first space mission.

Full biography of Joshua Kutryk

Missions to the ISS

Crews have been continuously travelling to the Station since , when the Expedition 1 crew became the first long-term inhabitants of the orbiting lab.

Canada is proud to be an important partner in the ISS program. Thanks to our contribution, another Canadian astronaut will take part in a mission to the Station in the coming years.

As a crewmember of the Boeing Starliner-1 mission, Joshua Kutryk will be the fourth CSA astronaut to take part in a long-term mission to the ISS.

Infographic on the International Space Station and Canada's contributions

Text version - Canada and the

This infographic presents Canada's research activities on the ISS, Canada's contribution to the ISS, and the number of CSA astronauts who have been to the Station. It also provides general information about the ISS. (Credit: CSA)

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