NASA Selects Boeing for Next American Passenger Spacecraft

Posted September 16, 2014 at 4:55pm

America has traveled to space for more than half a century and now we’re returning passengers to low-Earth orbit on a new spacecraft. NASA selected Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 to transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit destinations from U.S. soil starting in 2017.  

Boeing will build three CST-100s, the first and only spacecraft to achieve Critical Design Review and Phase Two Spacecraft Safety Review, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will undergo a pad-abort test in 2016, an uncrewed flight in early 2017, and the first crewed flight to the ISS in mid-2017.  

Check out this video about the CST-100 as America continues the dream to explore space:  

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