Author Topic: Boeing Selects Atlas V Launch Vehicle for CST-100 - August 4, 2011  (Read 73475 times)

Offline edkyle99

  • Expert
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12651
    • Space Launch Report
  • Liked: 3454
  • Likes Given: 574
Here's the fourth contestant.

Many seem to hate Ares I/Liberty based merely on its looks. 

I submit that Atlas V/CST-100 looks good on paper, but is butt-ugly in appearance - one of the ugliest rocket/payload combinations yet seen!  A repulsive stump!  Liberty is a graceful beauty by comparison.  ;)

Then again, they all look good when flying.

 - Ed Kyle
« Last Edit: 08/04/2011 03:42 PM by edkyle99 »

Offline simonbp

(Bump as it's 9:00 PDT)

Offline Jason1701

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2238
  • Liked: 70
  • Likes Given: 39
And the winner is... Atlas!

Quote
Boeing Selects Atlas V Rocket for Initial Commercial Crew Launches
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1869
« Last Edit: 08/04/2011 04:01 PM by Jason1701 »

Offline simonbp

Quote
If NASA selects Boeing for a development contract with sufficient funding, ULA will provide launch services for an autonomous orbital flight, a transonic autonomous abort test launch, and a crewed launch, all in 2015.

Whoa, they're actually going to do an in-flight abort test? That'll be interesting...

Offline Alpha Control

  • Veteran
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1168
  • Washington, DC
  • Liked: 106
  • Likes Given: 68
Indeed. I also like how the CST-100 capsule is a "capsule-shaped spacecraft". :)
Space launches attended:
Antares/Cygnus ORB-D1 Wallops Island, VA Sept 2013 | STS-123 KSC, FL March 2008 | SpaceShipOne Mojave, CA June 2004

Offline Namechange User

  • Elite Veteran
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7301
  • Liked: 0
  • Likes Given: 0
"If NASA selects Boeing for a development contract with sufficient funding....".

Ah yes, commercial space flight is here.  :)
Enjoying viewing the forum a little better now by filtering certain users.

Online Herb Schaltegger

Quote
If NASA selects Boeing for a development contract with sufficient funding, ULA will provide launch services for an autonomous orbital flight, a transonic autonomous abort test launch, and a crewed launch, all in 2015.

Whoa, they're actually going to do an in-flight abort test? That'll be interesting...

Well, there's the rub.
Ad astra per aspirin ...

Online Chris Bergin

And the winner is... Atlas!

Quote
Boeing Selects Atlas V Rocket for Initial Commercial Crew Launches
http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1869

"Initial" - hmmm!

Offline Jason1701

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2238
  • Liked: 70
  • Likes Given: 39
Quote
George Sowers: CST-100 will use the Atlas 5 412 configuration (one solid strap-on, dual-engine Centaur).
(Jeff Foust)
« Last Edit: 08/04/2011 04:09 PM by Jason1701 »

Offline Namechange User

  • Elite Veteran
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7301
  • Liked: 0
  • Likes Given: 0
"Initial" - hmmm!

That's the point of being "launch vehicle agnostic".  If they can get better rates with various vendors they'll jump to wherever.  No surprise that they went with Atlas first though. 
Enjoying viewing the forum a little better now by filtering certain users.

Offline Lee Jay

  • Elite Veteran
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6633
  • Liked: 899
  • Likes Given: 136
Quote
If NASA selects Boeing for a development contract with sufficient funding, ULA will provide launch services for an autonomous orbital flight, a transonic autonomous abort test launch, and a crewed launch, all in 2015.

Whoa, they're actually going to do an in-flight abort test? That'll be interesting...

Couldn't it be this same approach?

http://www.orbital.com/HumanSpaceExplorationSystems/HumanSpaceSystems/OrionATB/

Offline Space Pete

Atlas V is fast becoming my favourite unmanned rocket. That is all. :)
Electronic Engineer by day, NASASpaceflight's ISS Editor by night | Read my NASASpaceflight articles here

Offline Dappa

  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1838
  • the Netherlands
  • Liked: 11
  • Likes Given: 3
Atlas V is fast becoming my favourite unmanned rocket. That is all. :)
Atlas V is fast becoming my favourite manned rocket! ;) (post-shuttle)

Offline simonbp

The Orion ATB is like Little Joe I and Little Joe II before it in that it's a specifically-designed booster that is nearly exhausted when the abort test takes place. What Boeing is doing is launching a full-up orbital Atlas with the intent to have range-safety blow it up mid-flight. That's ballsy.

Offline Alpha Control

  • Veteran
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 1168
  • Washington, DC
  • Liked: 106
  • Likes Given: 68
So what does the future hold for the Delta IV? Looks like it's the loser in all the CCDEV choices. Is there enough other business for it to remain viable?
Space launches attended:
Antares/Cygnus ORB-D1 Wallops Island, VA Sept 2013 | STS-123 KSC, FL March 2008 | SpaceShipOne Mojave, CA June 2004

Offline Rocket Science

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7833
  • NASA Educator Astronaut Candidate Applicant 2002
  • Liked: 2106
  • Likes Given: 4956
Well that was predictable... ::)
"The laws of physics are unforgiving"
~Rob, Physics instructor, aviator, vintage auto racer

Offline Lee Jay

  • Elite Veteran
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6633
  • Liked: 899
  • Likes Given: 136
The Orion ATB is like Little Joe I and Little Joe II before it in that it's a specifically-designed booster that is nearly exhausted when the abort test takes place. What Boeing is doing is launching a full-up orbital Atlas with the intent to have range-safety blow it up mid-flight. That's ballsy.

Does it say that somewhere?  I didn't see that in the release but maybe it's well-known from elsewhere.

Offline Jim

  • Night Gator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 31222
  • Cape Canaveral Spaceport
  • Liked: 9494
  • Likes Given: 298
So what does the future hold for the Delta IV? Looks like it's the loser in all the CCDEV choices. Is there enough other business for it to remain viable?

Its existence is not contingent on commercial crew.

CCDev is not the proper term.  It is only a development project

Offline Rocket Science

  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 7833
  • NASA Educator Astronaut Candidate Applicant 2002
  • Liked: 2106
  • Likes Given: 4956
The Orion ATB is like Little Joe I and Little Joe II before it in that it's a specifically-designed booster that is nearly exhausted when the abort test takes place. What Boeing is doing is launching a full-up orbital Atlas with the intent to have range-safety blow it up mid-flight. That's ballsy.
Can I push the button? :)
"The laws of physics are unforgiving"
~Rob, Physics instructor, aviator, vintage auto racer

Offline TimL

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 106
  • Sailor Tim
  • Tidal mudflats of Virginia
  • Liked: 6
  • Likes Given: 38
Been mine since being there in attendance for the very first flight. She's just plain ol' sexy in the copper skin and can't beat that leap off the pad in the 551 configuration! :D
"Well if we get lost, we'll just pull in someplace and ask for directions"

Tags: