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Boeing Commercial Space Taxi and Atlas V Launcher Move Closer to Blastoff
universetoday.com ^ | June 1, 2013 | Ken Kremer on

Posted on 06/01/2013 5:36:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The next time that American astronauts launch to space from American soil it will surely be aboard one of the new commercially built “space taxis” currently under development by a trio of American aerospace firms – Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corp – enabled by seed money from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

Boeing has moved considerably closer towards regaining America’s lost capability to launch humans to space when the firm’s privately built CST-100 crew capsule achieved two key new milestones on the path to blastoff from Florida’s Space Coast.

The CST-100 capsule is designed to carry a crew of up to 7 astronauts on missions to low-Earth orbit (LEO) and the International Space Station (ISS) around the middle of this decade.

Boeing’s crew transporter will fly to space atop the venerable Atlas V rocket built by United Launch Alliance (ULA) from Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

(Excerpt) Read more at universetoday.com ...


TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: atlasv; boeing; cst100; nasa

1 posted on 06/01/2013 5:36:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: thingumbob; amzgirl; 75thOVI; Ravenstar; June2; LuvFreeRepublic; AdvisorB; 88keys; Matchett-PI; ...
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2 posted on 06/01/2013 5:39:23 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: BenLurkin
Has Boeing flown any hardware yet? I know SpaceX sent a spacecraft to the ISS and docked with it and returned it safely.

/johnny

3 posted on 06/01/2013 5:44:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin
"The next time that American astronauts launch to space from American soil it will surely be ..."

...on board Burt Rutan's SpaceshipTwo.

"Space" and "Orbiting" are two different things.

4 posted on 06/01/2013 5:47:31 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: BenLurkin
I like this better:


5 posted on 06/01/2013 5:56:59 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: BenLurkin

While reading this article, I was afraid that they were going to cancel the Orion program. However, it looks like Orion is scheduled for a Sept 2014 launch. One of our daughters is a systems engineer on the Orion team.

http://www.universetoday.com/100533/orion-capsule-accelerating-to-2014-launch-and-eventual-asteroid-exploration/

(puff out chest, name drop, put on “Proud Papa” t-shirt, etc, etc.)


6 posted on 06/01/2013 6:01:18 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

that is dream catcher, it’s sweet looking.. currently at Edwards AF base for some testing


7 posted on 06/01/2013 6:19:12 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: BwanaNdege

Orion is for the BEO to Mars and the Obama astroids


8 posted on 06/01/2013 6:20:22 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: BwanaNdege

bump!


9 posted on 06/01/2013 6:22:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

The Dream Chaser is a good design.

Too bad the Turkish Muslim Ozmen couple ended up owning it, and that it has to be launched on a rocket that depends on Vlad Putin’s RD-180.


10 posted on 06/01/2013 6:29:51 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Regulator
That is how SNC is pulling so many contracts. Ozmen put his wife in the position of company president. The only thing that can beat her on minority set asides would be a disabled vet eskimo, but Chugach only does service contracts.

I've been waiting for two years for one of their subsidiaries to complete what should have been a simple contract, but now the items are having to go back due to technical issues with things that didn't used to be difficult to do. With regards to on-time functional delivery, they have completely stepped on their collective private parts.

11 posted on 06/01/2013 6:46:23 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
I like the Silver Dart even better!


12 posted on 06/01/2013 7:22:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: BenLurkin

IIRC, the Atlas V is not man rated. I’m sure Boeing is working on that as well.


13 posted on 06/01/2013 7:29:16 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: BenLurkin

Why. Go. To. LEO. At. All?


14 posted on 06/01/2013 8:16:10 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: BenLurkin

One day soon, there will be a Seven Eleven in orbit selling garbage to astronauts. “Hey buddy, lotto is 80 million parsniks this week! Wanna ticket with that latte and 12 pack?”


15 posted on 06/01/2013 8:45:45 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Atlas, Centaur and a pepped up Apollo capsule? It's back to the future to play catchup with the Russkies.
16 posted on 06/01/2013 8:58:49 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: BenLurkin

bookmark


17 posted on 06/01/2013 9:18:30 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Hmmmm, I see the decommissioned F-117 stealth fighter in their somewhere.


18 posted on 06/02/2013 12:40:40 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Regulator

There is another possibility to launch the Dream Chaser that doesn’t require a launch pad
http://www.stratolaunch.com/


19 posted on 06/02/2013 9:41:18 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: markman46

When they canceled Ares they said that they would continue Orion for possible ISS missions. They have also changed crew capacity, IIRC. A lot of the work is either re-inventing Apollo or extrapolating from Apollo.

” Spacecraft to serve as the primary crew vehicle for missions beyond LEO

Capable of conducting regular in-space operations (rendezvous, docking, extravehicular activity) in conjunction with payloads delivered by the Space Launch System (SLS) for missions beyond LEO

Capability to be a backup system for International Space Station cargo and crew delivery”

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/mpcv/index.html


20 posted on 06/02/2013 12:59:37 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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Thanks BenLurkin.


21 posted on 06/02/2013 2:20:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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