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News Archive / Tagged: CST-100 Starliner

  • NASA, Boeing add option for extended Starliner Crew Flight Test

    Derek RichardsonApril 9th, 2018

    With the timeline for the first operational human flights for the Commercial Crew Program gradually slipping to the right and into 2019, Boeing last year proposed adding a third crew member to the first Crew Flight Test of the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station, NASA announced.

  • Companies test spacecraft parachutes as first Commercial Crew flights near

    Collin SkocikApril 5th, 2018

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will employ private contractors to transport astronauts to the International Space Station, has taken a step closer to crewed flights as the two prime contractors conduct the latest round of tests of their spacecraft parachute systems.

  • Launch dates of SpaceX and Boeing Commercial Crew Program spacecraft slip

    Collin SkocikJanuary 20th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Hopes NASA's private partners on the agency's Commercial Crew Program would launch crewed spacecraft by the end of this year (2018) have been dashed. Reports have come in that, at the earliest, these so-called "space taxis" won't be flying until 2019, with it more likely they'll fly sometime in the 2020 time frame.

  • Boeing hints at delayed first crewed flight of Starliner

    Bart LeahySeptember 29th, 2017

    Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, on September 26, 2017, Chris Ferguson, director of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner crew and mission systems, discussed testing of the company’s commercial crew spacecraft.

  • Starliner’s propulsion system engines complete qualification tests

    Lloyd CampbellMay 2nd, 2017

    Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule got a further boost toward completion when the engines being built for its reactive propulsion system by Aerojet Rocketdyne passed their qualification tests.

  • Zip-riding to safety: Boeing, ULA test emergency egress system

    Jason RhianApril 4th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Colorado-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed testing its Emergency Egress System (EES), one of the milestones under NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). It was developed specifically for use on Boeing's entry in this program, the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft.

  • 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.

  • KSC showcases its future as multi-user spaceport

    Bart LeahyFebruary 17th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — NASA has made major strides in its seven-year effort to transform Kennedy Space Center (KSC) into a multi-user spaceport for both itself as well as private rocket companies.

  • Preliminary GAO report calls commercial crew vehicles into question

    Bart LeahyFebruary 6th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal stated in a recent report that the GAO has expressed new concerns about the safety of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket in a preliminary report to Congress. The early version of the document, which has not yet been posted online, reported cracks in the turbopump blades of the Merlin engine, among other faults.

  • 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.

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex highlights NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Programs

    Jason RhianJanuary 14th, 2017

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Just after the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex unveiled in the West wing of the IMAX Theater a display showcasing spacecraft that are being used on NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo endeavors.

  • 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.

  • OPINION: Commercial Crew – It was never about saving money

    Curt GodwinNovember 1st, 2016

    The last time NASA had to pony up for astronauts to hitch a ride to the International Space Station (ISS) with the Russians on their venerable Soyuz spacecraft, they paid – on average – nearly $82 million per seat, for a total of six seats. That's $490 million to get six astronauts to the ISS.

  • NASA not planning to buy more Soyuz seats

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2016

    NASA has no plans to sign another agreement with the Roscosmos State Corporation to continue astronaut transportation services to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The last half-billion dollar deal for six Soyuz seats, which was signed last year, ends with the Soyuz MS-11 mission scheduled for launch in November 2018 and landing in early 2019.