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News Archive / Tagged: Boeing

  • Returning astronauts safely: Starliner test provides crucial re-entry data

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 3rd, 2017

    Boeing is currently in the midst of parachute drop tests for its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, which are being carried out to ensure future astronauts a safe return from space. The latest test, conducted on Feb. 22 at Spaceport America in New Mexico, provided a wealth of data essential for the safety of crews during re-entry into the atmosphere.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne rocket engines support Intelsat 33e mission

    Jose FloresMarch 7th, 2017

    Boeing-built Intelsat 33e, which launched on Aug. 24, 2016, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on mission VA232 from Guiana Space Centre, is undergoing in-flight maneuvers using rocket engines made by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

  • Boeing to build satellite to increase Asia Pacific connectivity

    Lloyd CampbellFebruary 23rd, 2017

    Boeing announced on Feb. 20, 2017, that it has contracted to build a satellite for two customers: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites. The new "702 satellite" will provide expanded coverage for mobile, telephone, data, and internet users across the Asia Pacific region.

  • NanoRacks’ proposed airlock paves way for a more commercial ISS

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 10th, 2017

    In early February, NASA accepted a proposal from NanoRacks to send the first commercial airlock to the International Space Station in 2019. This milestone is only the latest of many that has seen the orbiting laboratory gain increased commercial use.

  • Spacesuit unveiled for Boeing’s Starliner

    Heather SmithJanuary 26th, 2017

    On Jan. 25, 2017, Boeing showcased its newly designed spacesuit publicly for the first time. The suit was introduced by former astronaut Chris Ferguson, who is now the director of Crew and Mission Operations for Boeing's Commercial Crew Program.

  • Boeing ships Starliner test article to California, simulator to Texas

    Joe LatrellJanuary 24th, 2017

    Boeing's CST-100 Starliner program continues to make progress with two major advancements. In California, the Structural Test Article (STA) arrived at the Huntington Beach facilities. Meanwhile, in Houston, the Starliner flight simulator was delivered for installation.

  • NASA mulls purchasing Soyuz seats—from Boeing?

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2017

    Despite the Commercial Crew Program being years behind schedule, NASA has said for the last number of months that it has no plans to purchase additional Soyuz seats from Russia past the end of 2018. While that may technically hold true, the U.S. space agency is, however, looking to buy Soyuz seats acquired by Boeing.

  • NASA awards four more Commercial Crew missions

    Heather SmithJanuary 6th, 2017

    NASA has awarded four rotation missions to Boeing and SpaceX, allowing the partners to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The contracts are currently under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contracts which bring the number of missions awarded to each provider to six.

  • Boeing’s T-X prototype takes flight

    Collin SkocikJanuary 5th, 2017

    NASA’s famous T-38 trainer, which has been flown by astronauts for fifty years, is being replaced. Boeing’s T-X made its first flight on Tuesday, Dec. 20. It heralds what could be a new age in training aircraft for NASA.

  • ULA prepares to launch WGS-8 satellite to bolster military communications

    Curt GodwinDecember 5th, 2016

    Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) is the latest in a constellation of military communications satellites. The eighth member of the WGS series, WGS-8 will soon join its predecessors in providing global communications capabilities to the United States military and its allies.

  • ESA commits to ISS participation through 2024

    Derek RichardsonDecember 4th, 2016

    At a two-day meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency’s 22 member states approved a commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program to 2024. ESA is the final partner agency to do so.

  • Space Launch System upper stage testing set to begin

    Scott JohnsonNovember 22nd, 2016

    Huntsville, Ala. — This past week, on Nov. 15, a test version of the Space Launch System's (SLS) Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) was moved to Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) historic West Test Area in preparation for early 2017 testing. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at a media event following the move.

  • Boeing to Consolidate Defense and Space Sites to Improve Operating Efficiency

    Press ReleaseNovember 17th, 2016

    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15, 2016 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] is taking steps to operate its Defense, Space & Security business more efficiently through facilities consolidations and work movements that will increase employment in Los Angeles County, St. Louis, and Huntsville, Ala.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Heroes and Legends exhibit opens at KSC Visitor Complex

    Jason RhianNovember 12th, 2016

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Astronaut Hall of Fame and Boeing unveiled the new Heroes and Legends exhibit at a star-studded event held on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. The Grand Opening was attended by 25 astronauts as well as their families and numerous experts within the industry.

  • Launch Abort Engines for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner undergo testing

    Jason RhianNovember 2nd, 2016

    The Launch Abort Engines for Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft have undergone testing in Mojave, California, completing another step toward having the Starliner ferry crews to and from the International Space Station.