Boeing CST-100 crew space
transportation system consists of a crew module
and service module with capacity for up to seven crew members. The spacecraft will initially launch from
Florida atop an Atlas 5 rocket.
This is an artist's conception of Boeing's CST-100 spacecraft
separating from the first stage of its launch vehicle, a United
Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, following liftoff from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The CST-100 is designed to launch
atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 41, a little more
than 7 miles away from C3PF.
The capsule will be reusable for
up to 10 flights.
The aim of the Boeing CST-100
spacecraft is to provide:
1. Crew transport to the
International Space Station (ISS). It may dock to the
Expandable Activity Module in the future.
2. Crew Transport to private
space stations such as the proposed Bigelow Aerospace Commercial
Space Station (Bigelow Aerospace Complex) and other low Earth
First flight test mission perhaps in 2016.
Command Module and Service Module:
Up to 210 days to ISS.
CST stand for Crew Space
Transportation. The number 100 in the name stands for 100 km. The
100 is the height of the Kármán line. The Kármán line lies at an
altitude of 100 kilometers (62 miles) above the Earth's sea level
and is commonly used to define the boundary between the Earth's
atmosphere and outer space.
Boeing CST-100 in
In early missions CST-100 will be
launched on an Atlas V rocket. In the future it may also fly on
other launch vehicles such as Delta IV, Falcon 9, ATK Liberty and
Space Launch System.
The CST-100 capsule is larger
than the Apollo command module and smaller than the Orion capsule.
- Boeing released artist's
renderings of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft
during a media briefing with Bigelow Aerospace today at the
Farnborough Airshow on July 19, 2010.
- Boeing and partner Bigelow
Aerospace successfully completed a parachute drop test of the Crew
Space Transportation CST-100 spacecraft on 3 April 3 2012 at the
Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nevada, USA.
- Boeing Company tested the
composite-based forward heat shield at Bigelow Aerospace's
headquarters outside of Las Vegas on June 5, 7 and 11 2012.
- The third round of funding by
NASA's Commercial Crew Development program was announced on 3
August 2012 and the winners were: Sierra Nevada Corporation with
its Dream Chaser spaceplane/Atlas V system, Space Exploration
Technologies (SpaceX) with Dragon spacecraft/Falcon 9 system and
Boeing Company with CST-100 spacecraft/Atlas V system.
Boeing were one of three
companies working with NASA's Commercial Crew Program during the
Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) phase to develop
integrated spacecraft and launch vehicle systems that could be
called on to fly Americans to and from low-Earth orbit in the
Did you know?
* Other space competitors
delivering crew to the ISS include:
SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, Dream Chaser space plane, Orion
spacecraft and Orbital Science's Cygnus spacecraft.
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