America’s Next Ride to Space Takes Shape
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First view of the Boeing CST 100 ‘Starliner’ crewed space taxi at the Sept. 4, 2015 Grand Opening ceremony held in the totally refurbished C3PF manufacturing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. These are the upper and lower canada goose outlet parka segments of the first Starliner crew module known as the Structural Test Article (STA) being built at goose outlet canada Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at KSC. The new commercial craft from Boeing will restore America’s capability to launch American astronauts from American soil to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017 and the magnificent looking first capsule is already taking shape!
Built by The Boeing Company, ‘Starliner’ was officially announced by Boeing and NASA as the new name of the company’s CST 100 commercial crew transportation canada goose coats on sale spacecraft during the Grand Opening event for the craft’s manufacturing facility held at canada goose outlet jackets the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, Sept 4. 2015 and attended by Universe Today.
‘Starliner’ counts as history’s first privately developed ‘Space Taxi’ to carry Canada Goose Online humans to space along with the Crew Dragon being simultaneously developed by SpaceX.
“Please welcome the CST 100 Starliner,” announced Chris Ferguson, the former shuttle commander who now is deputy manager of operations for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program, at the Grand Opening event hosting numerous dignitaries.
The CST 100 ‘Starliner’ is at the forefront of ushering in the canada goose outlet new commercial era of space flight and will completely revolutionize how we access, explore and exploit space for the benefit of all mankind.
Starliner will be mostly automated for ease of operation and is capable of transporting astronaut crews of four or more to low Earth orbit and the ISS as soon as mid 2017 if all goes well and Congress approves the required funding.
“One hundred years ago we were on the dawn of the commercial aviation era and today, with the help of NASA, we’re on the dawn canada goose outlet toronto factory of a new commercial space era,” said Boeing’s John Elbon, vice president and general manager of Space Exploration.
“It’s been such a pleasure to work hand in hand with NASA on this commercial crew cheap canada goose development, canada goose outlet shop and when we look back 100 years from this point, I’m really excited about what we will have discovered.”
Boeing ‘Starliner’ commercial crew space taxi manufacturing facility marks Grand Opening at the Kennedy Space Center on Sept 4. 2015. Exterior view depicting newly installed mural for the Boeing Company’s newly named CST 100 ‘Starliner’ commercial crew transportation spacecraft on the canada goose outlet nyc company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The CC3P building was previously known as Orbiter Processing Facility 2 (OPF 3) and utilized by NASA to process the agency’s space shuttle orbiters between https://www.st-edwards-cam.org.uk crewed flights during the three uk canada goose decade long Space Shuttle program.
“When Boeing was cheap canada goose looking for the prime location for its program headquarters, canada goose outlet sale we knew Florida had a lot to offer from the infrastructure to the supplier base to the skilled work force,” said Chris Ferguson.
“Starliner will launch on an Atlas V from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It has the capability to dock at the ISS within 24 hours. It can stay docked at the station for 6 months.”
Over the past few years, the historic facility has been completely renovated, upgraded and transformed into a state of the art manufacturing site for Boeing’s commercial CST 100 Starliner.
First view of upper half of the Boeing CST 100 ‘Starliner’ crewed space taxi unveiled at the Sept. 4, 2015 Grand Opening ceremony held in the totally refurbished C3PF manufacturing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. This will be part of the first Starliner crew module known as the Structural Test Article (STA) being built at Boeing’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at KSC.
It is also a key part of NASA’s overarching strategy to send Humans on a “Journey to Mars” in the 2030s.
“Commercial crew is an essential component of our journey to Mars, and in 35 states, 350 American companies are working to make it possible for the greatest country on Earth to once again launch our own astronauts uk canada goose outlet into space,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “That’s some impressive investment.”
Crew access tunnel and hatch for Boeing CST 100 Starliner that attaches to upper dome of the crew module for the Structural Test Article being manufactured at the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Since the forced retirement of NASA’s shuttle orbiters in 2011, US astronauts have been totally canada goose outlet black friday dependent on the Russians for trips to space and back.
SpaceX also received a NASA award worth $2.6 Billion to build canada goose outlet in usa the Crew Dragon spacecraft for launch atop the firms man rated Falcon 9 rocket.
Final assembly of both half’s of Canada Goose Jackets Starliner will take place in the C3PF namely the crew command module and the service module.
Boeing is already building the first version of Starliner known as the Structural Test Article (STA). The STA will be used for extensive prelaunch testing and evaluation to ensure it will be ready and robust and capable of safely launches humans to orbit on a very cost effective Canada Goose online basis.
The Starliner STA is rapidly taking shape. The first components have been built and were on display at the C3PF Grand Opening eventy of Sept. cheap canada goose uk 4. They are comprised of the upper and lower halves of the crew command module, the crew access tunnel and adapter.
The shell of Starliner’s first service module was also on display.
“The STA will be completed in early 2016,” canada goose outlet reviews said John Mulholland Boeing Vice President, Commercial Programs, at the event.
“Then we start assembly of the Qualification Test cheap Canada Goose Article.”
I asked Mulholland to describe the currently planned sequence of Starliner’s initial uncrewed and crewed flights.