Tour of Boeing's CST-100 Spaceliner to LEO

Jun 13, 2014 by Ken Kremer
Boeing’s commercial CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’ will carry a crew of five astronauts to low Earth orbit and the ISS from US soil. Mockup with astronaut mannequins seated below pilot console and Samsung tablets was unveiled on June 9, 2014 at its planned manufacturing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: Ken Kremer

On Monday, June 9, Boeing revealed the design of their CST-100 astronaut spaceliner aimed at restoring Americas ability to launch our astronauts to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017.

The full scale CST-100 mockup was unveiled at an invitation only ceremony for Boeing executives and media held inside a newly renovated shuttle era facility at the Kennedy Space Center where the capsule would start being manufactured later this year.

The CST-100 is a privately built manrated capsule being developed with funding from NASA under the auspices of the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) in a public/private partnership between NASA and private industry.

The vehicle will be assembled inside the refurbished processing hangar known during the shuttle era as Orbiter Processing Facility-3 (OPF-3). Boeing is leasing the site from Space Florida.

Boeing is one of three American aerospace firms vying for a NASA contract to build an American ' taxi' to ferry US astronauts to the space station and back as soon as 2017.

The SpaceX Dragon and Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser are also receiving funds from NASA commercial crew program.

NASA will award one or more contracts to build Americas next human rated spaceship in August or September.

Hatch opening to Boeing’s commercial CST-100 crew transporter. Credit: Ken Kremer

Since the forced shutdown of NASA's Space Shuttle program following its final flight in 2011, US astronauts have been 100% dependent on the Russians and their cramped but effective Soyuz capsule for rides to the station and back – at a cost exceeding $70 million per seat.

Chris Ferguson, the final shuttle commander for NASA's last shuttle flight (STS-135) now serves as director of Boeing's Crew and Mission Operations.

Boeing unveiled full scale mockup of their commercial CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’ on June 9, 2014 at its intended manufacturing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The private vehicle will launch US astronauts to low Earth orbit and the ISS from US soil. Credit: Ken Kremer

Boeing unveiled full scale mockup of their commercial CST-100 ‘Space Taxi’ on June 9, 2014 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The private vehicle will launch US astronauts to low Earth orbit and the ISS from US soil. Credit: Ken Kremer

oeing CST-100 crew capsule will carry five person crews to the ISS. Credit: Ken Kremer

Boeing CST-100 capsule interior up close. Credit: Ken Kremer

Ferguson and the Boeing team are determined to get Americans back into space from American soil with American rockets.

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Nik_2213
5 / 5 (2) Jun 13, 2014
ROFL ! That's not a 'SpaceLiner', that's a re-worked 'Orion' design, just another stretched Apollo capsule plus bling...
Uncle Ira
3.8 / 5 (4) Jun 13, 2014
ROFL ! That's not a 'SpaceLiner', that's a re-worked 'Orion' design, just another stretched Apollo capsule plus bling...


Maybe that the way it got to be shaped to go on top of a rocket. It don't look much different that the Dragon thing they showed last week or the Russia-Skippys things they using now. Does the shape to sit on a rocket have anything to do with him?
Nik_2213
5 / 5 (2) Jun 13, 2014
Reaction Engines' Skylon

http://www.reacti...lon.html

Now, that's what I'd call a 'SpaceLiner'; runway to orbit to runway, refuel and repeat...
Uncle Ira
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 13, 2014
Reaction Engines' Skylon

http://www.reacti...lon.html

Now, that's what I'd call a 'SpaceLiner'; runway to orbit to runway, refuel and repeat...


Hooyeei, yeah that thing looks slick Skippy. I don't anything about rockets and stuffs. I was just guessing before. Maybe the nice peoples physorg will put up the story about that Skylon thing.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Is that real space Skylon ship thing? Or is it the fake what a artist-Skippy makes like the one showing the warp ship thing from yesterday?
Nik_2213
3 / 5 (2) Jun 15, 2014
"Is that real space Skylon ship thing?"

Explore their site. They've built and tested 'proof of concept' versions of the critical micro-bore heat-exchanger. Reliably connecting a zillion filaments to manifolds was non-trivial, but they did it. Power / weight, result is as great a technological break-through as a 'Lancashire Boiler' was...

And, yes, when I asked nicely, they admitted it *does* exhibit complex 'Eolian Harping'...
;-)
Uncle Ira
1 / 5 (2) Jun 15, 2014
And, yes, when I asked nicely, they admitted it *does* exhibit complex 'Eolian Harping'...
;-)


I have no idea what that means. All the google says about him is that it is thing from some Chinese-Skippy. I do not like much the Chinese music so I don't want to pay to find out more. What that have to do with with a space ship?

Is Zhu-Hai-Skippy a space ship designer-Skippy?