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Boeing aims for human spaceflight

May 28 2015 17:10

Houston - Nasa has awarded Boeing a commercial human spaceflight mission.

It marks the first time in human spaceflight history Nasa has contracted with a commercial company for a human spaceflight mission.

Nasa issued the task order as part of Boeing’s $4.2bn commercial crew transportation capability contract to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station.

“This occasion will go in the books of Boeing’s nearly 100 years of aerospace and more than 50 years of space flight history,” John Elbon, vice-president and general manager of Boeing’s space exploration division, said in a statement.

“We look forward to ushering in a new era in human space exploration.”

Boeing was selected in September 2014 to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft, the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100. The Commercial Crew Transportation System is being developed in partnership with Nasa’s commercial crew programme which aims to resume US-based flights to space by 2017.

As part of the contract with Nasa, Boeing is guaranteed at least two and potentially six service flights after completing human certification.

The company has successfully demonstrated to Nasa that the commercial crew transportation system has reached design maturity appropriate to proceed to assembly, integration and test activities.

“We’re on track to fly in 2017, and this critical milestone moves us another step closer in fully maturing the CST-100 design,” said John Mulholland, vice-president of commercial programmes.

The CST-100 can transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit destinations like the International Space Station and the planned Bigelow station.

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