Boeing is looking to enhance the mobile technology capability of its forthcoming Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft by partnering with Samsung.
While exact details of how the agreement will impact the spacecraft were sparse the companies said they will start identifying how mobile technology can be used to improve CST-100 crew and mission operations and announce more later this year.
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"Just as they've done on Earth, mobile tools and devices will enhance the way we operate in space day-to-day, making mission operations more efficient," said Chris Ferguson, director of crew and mission system for the Boeing Commercial Crew Program in a statement. "Like any other person doing his or her work, an astronaut values connectivity and the ability to share experiences," added Ferguson, who piloted the final space shuttle mission for NASA in 2011.
Sounds like big space selfies to me.
Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 can hold a crew of seven and will be bigger than the Apollo capsule but smaller than NASA's Orion, which is also still under development. The CTS-100 should be able to launch on a variety of different rockets, including Atlas, Delta and Space X Falcon.
Boeing is in competition develop a commercial spacecraft with Sierra Nevada and SpaceX. All three companies have received the lion's share of NASA financial support through its Commercial Crew program.
You might recall that Boeing and Samsung are working together to make Earth-bound aircraft more mobile friendly as well. In that case the companies say they are working on advanced display and wireless networking technologies that offer more capabilities for passenger entertainment and ground-to-air communications, but are lighter and require less power.
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