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Deal Finalized to Use Former Shuttle Processing Facility for CST-100 Spacecraft Development

Artist’s concept of CST-100 high bay operations in the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: Boeing

For more than three decades NASA’s space shuttle fleet was looked after in three separate Orbiter Processing Facilities, or OPFs, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center launch site in Florida. Now, [...]

Boeing's CST-100 Completes Interface Test at NASA's Johnson Space Center

Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft has successfully completed a pivotal integration test at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This image of NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik in front of the spacecraft was taken in July of this year during a fit check of the capsule. Photo Credit: NASA / Robert Markowitz

Boeing recently tested systems that [...]

A Look Inside the CST-100

Interior view of Boeing’s CST-100 crew capsule. Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

NASA and Boeing engineers have just started going through the painstaking and meticulous process of evaluating and tweaking the interior of the CST-100 to make sure the ergonomics and design will suit the real-world needs of the astronauts inside. The main purpose of [...]

Boeing, ULA Complete Commercial Crew Milestones

Boeing and United Launch Alliance have completed key milestones in having the CST-100 fly atop the Atlas V launch vehicle. Photo Credit: Boeing

Boeing recently completed wind tunnel testing of a model of the company’s submission in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The CST-100 spacecraft itself, however, is not alone in accomplishing objectives on the [...]

Boeing Completes PDR Milestone for CST-100 Commercial Spacecraft

Boeing has accomplished a key milestone toward having their CST-100 spacecraft deliver astronauts to orbit. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

According to a NASA news release, Boeing has completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) that will allow the company’s Crew Space Transportation, or “CST-100,” space capsule to be mated with the [...]

On @ The 90: The Future

On @ The 90 is AmericaSpace’s editorial feature and is therefore based on opinion. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian

Predictions are dangerous things. Dick Morris, a political commentator, found this out the hard way recently. He predicted that Mitt Romney would win the U.S. presidential election in a landslide. Yeah, so much for that. Predicting [...]

ULA Selects Orlando Firm to Support Commercial Crew at Launch Complex 41

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – In preparation for the company’s efforts to have astronauts launch to orbit atop United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V rocket, the Colorado-based company has tapped Hensel Phelps Construction Colo., based out of Orlando, Fla to assist ULA with program management contractor support at ULA’s [...]

Boeing Rep Remembers Shuttle, Builds Future: Part 2

AmericaSpace concludes its conversation with Boeing’s Brooke Padden. She discusses her time on the shuttle program, as well as her hopes for the future. Image Credit: Boeing

AmericaSpace concludes its discussion with Boeing’s Brooke Padden in this second installment of her interview. In it she details her times on the space shuttle program, what [...]

Boeing Rep Remembers Shuttle, Builds Future

AmericaSpace sat down with Boeing’s Brooke Padden about her thoughts as she moves from the shuttle program – to building Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation or CST-100 spacecraft. Photo Credit (shuttle): Lloyd Behrendt – Image Credit (CST-100): Boeing

Boeing is one of the pillars of the United States’ aerospace industry and for the three decades [...]

ULA Clears Safety Hurdle for Commercial Crew Launch Capability

An Atlas V in its ’401′ configuration – with a 4-metre-wide payload fairing, no strap-on solid rocket motors and a single-engine Centaur upper stage – launches the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO-1 in May 2011. The crew-rated variant of the Atlas V will most likely take the form of a ’402′ configuration; identical to [...]