Author Topic: Boeing Selects Atlas V Launch Vehicle for CST-100 - August 4, 2011  (Read 75206 times)

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Boeing will announce the selection of its rocket for the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 on Thursday, August 4 at noon Eastern Time (11 a.m. Central Time, 9 a.m. Pacific Time). 

Three test flights will be flown with this rocket in 2015.  With sufficient funding and selection for a development contract, Boeing expects to provide an operational capability to transport crews to and from the International Space Station in 2015.   

Article after the announcement:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/08/atlas-v-wins-boeing-selects-launcher-cst-100-capsule/

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SpaceX is now in a race and it isn't one agaist a 'competitor' (NASA) that has already abandoned any pretence of actually attempting to complete the course, let alone win the race.  I wonder if they'll be ready to step up?

So... There you have it ladies and gentlemen: The Space Race in the 1950s was the USA vs. the Soviet Union.  The Space Race in the 2010s will be SpaceX vs. Boeing and ULA.
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The three choices

Edit: anyone find the announcement before a major Atlas V to coincidental?  I think not.
« Last Edit: 08/04/2011 01:38 PM by Ronsmytheiii »
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Good time for a office pool.

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The smart money is on Atlas V. Would be a real shock if it was F9, given the history between those two companies.

Mass hysteria if it's Liberty ;D

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The obvious choice - Atlas V - is already being reported as having been selected, according to sources:

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110804/NEWS02/108040305/Today-Boeing-expected-reveal-Atlas-V-will-carry-next-crew-capsule
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WEll if we are going with a poll, will do a ranking:

1. Atlas V
2. Delta IV
3. Falcon 9

Liberty.... well hard to baseline for a rocket that does not exist yet.
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I don't know how likely it is, but this article is certainly intriguing.

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2011/08/03/will-boeing-choose-atlas-v-or-liberty-to-launch-cst-100/

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Here's the fourth contestant.

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Atlas V 400 constrains the capsule mass + LAS to 20,000 lbs. Atlas V 500 can accommodate more weight, using the payload fairing for support, but I don't see how a capsule could fly inside a payload fairing.

Either the Boeing capsule will be less than 10 tons, or ULA is going to have to develop a new system to accommodate the extra weight for Atlas V.

This is ignoring the issue of the 2 engine Centaur.
« Last Edit: 08/04/2011 01:55 PM by Danderman »

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Boy they are sure going to have to crank out a bunch of Atlas V's in the near future.  It is about to become a very popular rocket for manned spaceflight!

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What's the maximum capacity of the Atlas V production lines?

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Boy they are sure going to have to crank out a bunch of Atlas V's in the near future.  It is about to become a very popular rocket for manned spaceflight!

About time :)

Atlas V was not designed with low production runs in mind.  Will be nice to see what happens to their unit costs if they get into double digit a year launch rates.
« Last Edit: 08/04/2011 02:42 PM by SpacexULA »
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Atlas V 400 constrains the capsule mass + LAS to 20,000 lbs. Atlas V 500 can accommodate more weight, using the payload fairing for support, but I don't see how a capsule could fly inside a payload fairing.

CAnt find the source, but I believe it was previously mentioned that the Atlas V for CST-100 would be the 41X variety rather than 400
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What, no Taurus II in the list?
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What, no Taurus II in the list?

Not enough capacity, solid upper stage, no flight history, lack of spacecraft processing facilities near pad.

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What, no Taurus II in the list?

Not enough capacity, solid upper stage, no flight history, lack of spacecraft processing facilities near pad.

IIRC, OSC were planning to move Taurus-II launches to KSC in the fullness of time if Prometheus had received CCDev-2 funding.  It didn't so the point is moot now.
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Is there going to be a webcast for the announcement?
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Is there going to be a webcast for the announcement?

No, media only teleconference. I don't have time to do this one, presser note came at really short notice.

There will be a press release soon.

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Is there going to be a webcast for the announcement?

No, media only teleconference. I don't have time to do this one, presser note came at really short notice.

There will be a press release soon.
Thanks Chris
Robert :)
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