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News Archive / Tagged: CST-100 Starliner

  • 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.

  • Aeroskirt added to Atlas V configuration for CST-100 Starliner

    Eric ShearOctober 14th, 2016

    United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Boeing unveiled an add-on aeroskirt to the Atlas V rocket that will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule for NASA. It was developed after engineers encountered difficulties with aerodynamic stability and loads resulting from the difference in width between the capsule and the rocket.

  • CST-100 testing delayed until 2018

    Bart LeahyOctober 13th, 2016

    Space News reported testing for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft will be delayed from December 2017 to June 2018. This delay shifts CST-100’s first operational flight to the International Space Station, as part of NASA commercial crew program, to late 2018.

  • OIG: Commercial Crew Program pushed to NET 2018

    Jason RhianSeptember 3rd, 2016

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's efforts to send crews to the International Space Station (ISS) via commercially-produced spacecraft and launch vehicles are facing an array of challenges. This is according to a report issued by NASA's Office of Inspector General (OIG).

  • Boeing’s CST-100 undergoes ground landing tests

    Eric ShearAugust 25th, 2016

    Boeing and NASA engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, have begun a series of six ground landing qualification tests to simulate what Boeing’s CST-100 "Starliner" spacecraft and crew may experience during a landing in the American Southwest from the International Space Station.

  • RL10 test paves the way for future Starliner flights

    Bart LeahyAugust 19th, 2016

    Inside a vast vacuum chamber in West Palm Beach, Florida, Aerojet Rocketdyne tested one of the RL10 engines that will carry the first Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft into orbit.

  • Astronaut White Room attached to SLC-41’s Crew Access Tower

    Jason RhianAugust 16th, 2016

    NASA, Boeing and United Launch Alliance (ULA) completed an important milestones with the installation of the Crew Access Arm and White Room to the Crew Access Tower at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. The gantry way, from which astronauts will board Boeing's CST-100 Starliner, is just the latest piece of a system meant to allow the U.S. to regain the ability to launch astronauts domestically.

  • Starliner spacecraft engines successfully hot-fire tested

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 27th, 2016

    Boeing's CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is one step closer to carrying astronauts into space from American soil as its engines have recently undergone a series of hot-fire development tests. The tests were conducted by Aerojet Rocketdyne at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.

  • Starliner moves closer to crucial pad abort test

    Curt GodwinJune 7th, 2016

    The last major hardware component of Boeing's second CST-100 Starliner—the truncated cone of the upper dome—recently arrived at the repurposed Orbiter Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), joining the lower dome and docking hatch, both of which arrived in May.

  • First crewed Starliner flight delayed to 2018

    Derek RichardsonMay 13th, 2016

    It appears at this time that Boeing's CST-100 Starliner will not be able to carry out its first crewed flight until February 2018 at the earliest. This is according to Geekwire. Previously, the aerospace company was targeting a mid-2017 launch date for this important test flight.

  • SLC-41’s crew access arm and white room prepped for move to SLC-41

    Jason RhianMarch 26th, 2016

    OAK HILL, Fla. — The crew access arm and white room that will be the debarkation point for crews leaving for low-Earth orbit was highlighted at a recent event hosted by NASA. The new arm and white room will be affixed to the crew access tower that is being assembled at Cape Canaveral's SLC 41.