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  • Boeing's Seven-seater Spacecraft on Display
    Posted by Guy Norris 4:34 AM on Apr 17, 2012

    Making an impact with the largest exhibit at this year’s National Space Symposium here in Colorado Springs, is a mock-up of Boeing’s CST-100 spaceship. The 14.8 ft-wide vehicle splits open on a hinge to reveal the seating for up to seven astronauts. In some configurations the capsule will carry a combination of crew and cargo, and is designed to remain in low-Earth orbit for up to six months. Developed to carry crew to the International Space Station, each capsule will be able to fly 10 times.


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    ..and in another section of the exhibit is a model of what the first crewed CTS-100 is designed to be launched on in 2015 or 2016 – a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5.
     


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    Boeing is meanwhile preparing to attempt a repeat of this month’s first successful parachute drop test of the CTS-100. Following release from a helicopter on April 3, the capsule descended by parachute for a landing on the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev. Three main parachutes deployed to slow the vehicle’s descent before six airbags inflated for touchdown. A further series of landing airbag tests are planned for May, with a forward heat shield jettison test set for June. Later in the same month Boeing also plans to conduct a hot fire test of the orbital maneuvering/attitude control system.

     

    Tags: os99, Space12, Boeing, CTS-100

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