Boeing released this video to promote its CST-100 capsule.
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Prefer text to pictures or videos but that’s good to know. (Won’t watch videos, or TV)
Looks good. Almost as good as the Dragon Version 2 for only what three times the price. The freight version of the latter has flown successfully about a dozen times. It does have a nicer internal color. Does not land as nicely, but otherwise it a good system. Which will be the best Dragon or DV2, Dream Chaser, or CS-100, is this the same as Orion? Then in four to ten years we get the Skylon. All but the Skylon have up to seven seats. DR2 for $140 million or twenty per seat until the F9 boosters are reused and then one tenth that until the upper state is reused which will drop the cost again from half two to ten percent the DRV2/F9R costs. The DC for a few hundred million. I have not seen the cost for the CS-100 or Orion and forgot the Skylon, but I believe it was mid way between the DV2/F9 and the DV2/F9R range.
Looks like the Dragon system will be the safest. Especially going up.
This was dated June 30, 2014 and both Boeing, and Sierra Nevada have one and SpaceX has two dated Q2 of this year. Since June is the end of Q2 does that mean all four have been completed so all three have three more to do?
Was the model introduced by Elon Musk with so much fanfare a working model or just a mock-up? Could, will it be launched? Could the Pad and Max Que abort of the Dragon be done on the Grasshopper possibly with extra engines for the Grasshopper, but less than the F9, or must it have an upper stage to qualify? It does not need the upper stage to get the same conditions as max Q or max acceleration so I would think SpaceX does not need to use up a full Falcon 9 system. Could the above Dragon V2 #1 also be the test system to fill the milestone 11, 14, and 13?
If or since the above first DV2 is there does that mean it passed the CDR and the same with structure test which is to be done before full fabrication is performed as assembled. These are numbers 12 and 13 so have both passed. It does say the structure test must be done before fabrication, but how do you do structure tests until the parts to be tested are fabricated?
It does look like the Boeing model will be flying soon. SpaceX does have a simpler version that has made about six trips to orbit and all but one to the ISS.