Author Topic: Boeing’s CST-100 part of NASA’s intertwined forward path  (Read 5347 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

Standalone thread as it's a state of play update and I want to get enough threads for a standalone section for CST-100.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/01/cst-100-part-intertwined-forward-path/

More sexy renders from Nathan again. Full size (and more) in L2 if they get you excited. :)

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Awesome story Chris. Lots of meat there with descriptions and dates. I like the way you broke it all down into a sequence that leads to the crewed test flight. Oh, and I love Mr. Elbon's quote referring to Dragon 2 as "Gwynne’s spaceship". That's a classic lol. 

All in all I am happy to see 2 commercial spacecraft working toward operational status. There has been a lot of discussion wrt Dragon, not so much wrt CST-100 and I am pleased to see this article. CST-100 will be an awesome spacecraft and I hope to see more details of its design as time progresses. -Thanks
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What a great read! Lots of info, great images and no BS you get from some other sites.

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What a great read! Lots of info, great images and no BS you get from some other sites.
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What a great read! Lots of info, great images and no BS you get from some other sites.
You said it brother! ;D

Yes, great write-up Chris... love those renderings, too.
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John Elbon, quoted from the article:
"I don’t think there is a time in history when there’s been more development of space flight hardware ongoing, or exciting things that are happening"

And assuming that he's referring to HUMAN spaceflight...

Does the level of activity today with Orion, Dragon 2, and CST-100 beat the 1960's?

Was there development overlap of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo?  If so, how much?

Or Gemini, Apollo, and MOL?

Or Apollo, Apollo Applications/Skylab, and MOL?

Hyperbole or no from Mr. Elbon, I'm impressed with this Boeing product thus far.

Thank you for the informative article, Chris, and the impressive illustrations, okan170!

Dare I say, that NSF articles today match the quality of Aviation Week & Space Technology in its prime?
I dare!

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Offline Chris Bergin

Thanks chaps!

John Elbon, quoted from the article:
"I don’t think there is a time in history when there’s been more development of space flight hardware ongoing, or exciting things that are happening"

And assuming that he's referring to HUMAN spaceflight...

Does the level of activity today with Orion, Dragon 2, and CST-100 beat the 1960's?

Was there development overlap of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo?  If so, how much?

Or Gemini, Apollo, and MOL?

Or Apollo, Apollo Applications/Skylab, and MOL?

Hyperbole or no from Mr. Elbon, I'm impressed with this Boeing product thus far.

Thank you for the informative article, Chris, and the impressive illustrations, okan170!

Dare I say, that NSF articles today match the quality of Aviation Week & Space Technology in its prime?
I dare!

Sincerely,
Zubenelgenubi

And thanks to you Zubenelgenubi - a longer response required.....

1) Yeah, fair point. He did preface it with "no longer flying Shuttle" - so he probably was speaking about the new era, but got a bit carried away! ;D

2) Heh - no. I run this site from a desk in my front room, when I'm home and not doing my day job(s) - and I write probably no more than for a few hours late at night. Aviation Week and such as in offices and with full time, very experienced, writers.

But I do appreciate the kind words! :)

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Great article, Chris - top notch as always. Interesting bit there on 'Boeing astronauts' - is there a list of potential company astronauts who'd fly the first test flight?
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Chris, as graciously as ever been, came out with this very well documented Article about Boeing manned vehicle, after the beautiful presentation of the Dragon V2 - SpaceX counterpart.
It is well known that Boeing is one major component of this Country's backbone Industry and one of the most reliable partners in the Defence Industry. It is obvious that reliability cannot be built without significant costs but, sometimes, these giants simply forget that it is their duty for the Country to keep an eye on the cost not only on their profits. It had to come a Company like SpaceX to wake up the sleepy ones and make them realize that the era of heavy profits and no competition is over and that they need to work harder to be innovative to become competitive and and thus keep relevant to this Industry.
After such a long period of time during which the prices had gone up in the sky, and the Science and Deffence budgets became minuscule by comparison to the high costs, it is, IMO both a patriotic duty and a natural reaction to the course of events to significantly lower the costs and bring back to US the jobs and high paid business lost to Russia, China, Europe.

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Another excellent article Chris. Extremely well written and very informative. I absolutely loved the rendering of CST-100, Dragon, and Orion flying in formation. Keep up the good work!  :D
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Offline Chris Bergin

Thanks again! Yeah, love the renders. Nathan's renders pretty much make me plan what the write about some of the time! If I win the lottery and we set up a NSF Towers HQ, he's getting hired to just do renders all day! ;D

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Dare I say, that NSF articles today match the quality of Aviation Week & Space Technology in its prime?
I dare!

Sincerely,
Zubenelgenubi
2) Heh - no. I run this site from a desk in my front room, when I'm home and not doing my day job(s) - and I write probably no more than for a few hours late at night. Aviation Week and such as in offices and with full time, very experienced, writers.

Zubenelgenubi is right.  Many is the article on here that is the equal of anything AW&ST ever published. Don't sell yourself short.  :)

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