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Boeing CST-100 Space Taxi Maiden Test Flight to ISS Expected Early 2017...
universetoday.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Ken Kremer on

Posted on 05/10/2014 11:45:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – Boeing expects to launch the first unmanned test flight of their commercial CST-100 manned ‘space taxi’ in “early 2017,” said Chris Ferguson, commander of NASA’s final shuttle flight in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Universe Today for an inside look at Boeing’s space efforts. Ferguson is now spearheading Boeing’s human spaceflight capsule project as director of Crew and Mission Operations.

“The first unmanned orbital test flight is planned in January 2017 … and may go to the station,” Ferguson told me during a wide ranging, in depth discussion about a variety of human spaceflight topics and Boeing’s ambitious plans for their privately developed CST-100 human rated spaceship – with a little help from NASA.

Boeing has reserved a launch slot at Cape Canaveral with United Launch Alliance (ULA), but the details are not yet public.

If all goes well, the maiden CST-100 orbital test flight with humans would follow around mid-2017.

“The first manned test could happen by the end of summer 2017 with a two person crew,” he said.

“And we may go all the way to the space station.”

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


TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: aerospace; boeing

1 posted on 05/10/2014 11:45:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 05/10/2014 11:48:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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3 posted on 05/10/2014 11:58:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
Boeing CST-100 Space Taxi Maiden Test Flight to ISS Expected Early 2017

Ahhh, I see now where NASA's "Muslim outreach" is going now – they're training some of the more-experienced cabbies to pilot this craft ....

4 posted on 05/10/2014 12:00:33 PM PDT by mikrofon (Space BUMP)
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To: mikrofon

LOL!


5 posted on 05/10/2014 12:02:33 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: mikrofon

If there is any way that spacecraft can be turned to an evil purpose — the Muslims will find it.


6 posted on 05/10/2014 12:03:11 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

Seems like a variant of the Russian design Soyuz.


7 posted on 05/10/2014 12:09:12 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: BenLurkin

So, we are basically back to the early Apollo days. Yippee...


8 posted on 05/10/2014 12:12:32 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: tcrlaf
We want to get up there somehow, and I guess there's no sense in reinventing the wheel.


9 posted on 05/10/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: tcrlaf
So, we are basically back to the early Apollo days. Yippee...

I wouldn't say that. If the goal is a space-taxi then a capsule is a good way to go. Remember that the Shuttle was more of a semi-truck to space. It never really worked out as planned, it had severe design flaws that resulted in the loss of two vehicles and 14 crew, and after Challenger was lost its two main raison-d'etres (hauling up commercial satellite payloads and NRO spysats) evaporated in favor of less risky options.

The truth is, unless (until?) we go for a single-stage to orbit spacecraft, capsules (or small winged vehicles like the X-37 and DreamCatcher) and expendable boosters provide the best value for the money.
10 posted on 05/10/2014 12:26:26 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: BenLurkin

Heh.

You let me know when Sponnick even gets halfway there with that lineup.

That’s what he was pushing back in 2005.

Currently he has to call Bad Vlad to get engines.


11 posted on 05/10/2014 12:51:31 PM PDT by Regulator
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12 posted on 05/10/2014 12:53:19 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Balding_Eagle

An interesting(?) factoid about ISS orbital mechanics is that
if you vector a launch from Florida during the appropriate orbit,
the pursuing vehicle would head (mostly) Eastward & nearly pass
over Mecca, so prayer issues shouldn't arise RE an Islamnaut... ;-)

13 posted on 05/10/2014 1:07:08 PM PDT by mikrofon (Way-Too-Much-Spare-Time BUMP)
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To: tcrlaf

Despite the Apollo 1 fire Apollo 13 and the Apollo program was a huge success. Stick with what works. Can’t wait till we’re back in the business of launching humans from the Cape again.


14 posted on 05/10/2014 1:12:17 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: mikrofon

Hehe. Good catch.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 1:14:42 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: BenLurkin
As a "Baby-Boomer" who watched all the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo missions, this warms my heart. But ...

According to Wikipedia - ISS, the ISS is funded until 2024, and may operate until 2028.

I will be amazed if the ISS mission continues for another 10 years for a host of reasons - world economy, space wear & tear, obsolence, decline of the U.S., etc. But the global elites may well choose to keep it going.

16 posted on 05/10/2014 2:12:02 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: tcrlaf

My thoughts exactly “And Islamic ! has cleared the tower”


17 posted on 05/10/2014 2:54:46 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: BenLurkin

Ummm...SoaceX plans to launch a manned Dragon capsule by mid-to late 2015. So Boeing will be about a year and a half late to the game.


18 posted on 05/10/2014 2:58:37 PM PDT by Doug Loss
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To: Doug Loss

Right...SpaceX.


19 posted on 05/10/2014 2:59:09 PM PDT by Doug Loss
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To: tcrlaf
I would have figured by this time we would have something like this to ferry stuff back and forth to orbit. What's taking so long?!?


20 posted on 05/10/2014 3:01:18 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: MacNaughton

I suspect that there is going to be a need for an American r perhaps American/Canadian/Japanese space station.


21 posted on 05/10/2014 3:53:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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