Boeing CST-100 mockup

Boeing will name its first commercial astronaut this summer, according to an article in Space News.

The Boeing astronaut will be one of two persons to fly the CST-100 capsule on its first crewed test flight in 2017. The other crew member will be a NASA astronaut. Boeing also plans to unveil the CST-100 spacesuit, being developed by David Clark Company, at the same time.

Written by Astro1 on April 15th, 2015 , Boeing

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    jim brown commented

    Why is Boeing producing 2 different capsules? Could not both the Orion, and the CST-100 do the same job with slight different options. Yes the Orion comes back in much faster, and need to support people longer, but the Dragon Rider has three different thicknesses so it can handle returning velocities from LEO, Lunar, and the third from Mars or asteroids. It also has the capacity for more carbon dioxide scrubbers and such. Again why is NASA paying for two different designs from the most expensive submitting designer companies.

    April 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm
      Astro1 commented

      Boeing is not building Orion. Lockheed-Martin is.

      April 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm