Boeing shows off commercial spacecraft

Boeing commercial spacecraft ties into Bigelow’s inflatable space stations too

boeing ctc-200
Boeing has released the first public glimpse of the commercial spacecraft it is working on under an $18 million contract with NASA

Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 can hold seven crew and will be bigger than Apollo but smaller than NASA's Orion, and be able to launch on a variety of different rockets, including Atlas, Delta and Falcon. It will use a simple systems architecture and existing, proven components, Boeing stated.

7 critical commercial spaceflight concerns the US must tackle

The company envisions the spacecraft supporting the International Space Station and future Bigelow Aerospace Orbital Space Complex systems.  Bigelow is building what it calls "expandable habitats," that which are inflatable spacecraft would act as large, less costly space stations.  

In Feb. NASA awarded some $50 million to Blue Origin, Boeing, Paragon Space Development Corporation, Sierra Nevada Corporation and United Launch Alliance to develop and demonstrate safe, reliable, and cost-effective capabilities to transport cargo and eventually crew to low-Earth orbit and the ISS.

boeing linking with bigelow
CCDev represents a milestone in the development of an orbital commercial human spaceflight sector, NASA stated. By maturing "the design and development of commercial crew spaceflight concepts and associated enabling technologies and capabilities," the program will allow several companies to move a few steps forward towards the ultimate goal of full demonstration of commercial human spaceflight to orbit, NASA said.

Follow Michael Cooney on Twitter: nwwlayer8  

Layer 8 Extra

Check out these other hot stories:

NASA satellites take measure of world forests

Operation Death Match reaps another identity thief

Is ubiquitous encryption technology on the horizon?

No iPhone bumpers here, NASA revamps historic 9 million lb Mars antenna

Air Force streamlines cybersecurity hiring for 680 open positions

Safety a big target in letting unmanned aircraft in national airspace

NASA Hubble spots one hot comet-like planet

DARPA issues call for computer science devotees

NASA's Juno: An armored tank heading for Jupiter

NASA adds $5M prizes for cool robots, satellites and solar spacecraft

Researchers unsheathe new tool to battle botnets

Boeing shows off hydrogen powered unmanned aircraft

Researchers tout new weapon in Internet censorship arms race

US R&D: 27 Million Workers; $11 trillion in sales

Military wants Holy Grail of secure encryption technology

From CSO: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies