Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Boeing Completes CST-100 Preliminary Design Review


An artist's concept of the CST-100 approaching the International Space Station. Image source: Boeing.

Boeing issued a press release today announcing the company has completed its preliminary design review of the CST-100, its commercial crew vehicle.

“The progress made by the Commercial Crew team has been outstanding. It is clear that this team has the discipline and the right design, test and safety approaches and processes to ensure a safe, reliable and affordable transportation system by the middle of the decade,” said John Mulholland, vice president and program manager, Boeing Commercial Programs ...

The CST-100 is a reusable capsule-shaped spacecraft based on proven materials and subsystem technologies that can transport up to seven people, or a combination of people and cargo. Boeing has designed the spacecraft to be compatible with a variety of expendable rockets. The company has selected the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V launch vehicle for initial CST-100 test flights in 2015.

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