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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #60 on: 07/05/2016 07:21 pm »
Boeing is evaluating the flight deck designs for its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as development work continues toward the final layout of the seating and control panels. Former astronaut Chris Ferguson, now deputy program manager and director of Crew and Mission Operations for Boeing’s Commercial Crew Program, is performing the tests that look into a number of factors of comfort and usability for the systems. The Starliner is being developed by Boeing in partnership with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to take astronauts to the International Space Station. Photo credit: Boeing
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #61 on: 07/08/2016 08:42 pm »
Boeings CST-100 Starliner Prepares for Space

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Published on Jul 8, 2016
As astronauts train to go to space, the system Boeing is building to take them to the International Space Station is also getting in shape for the 220-mile journey.



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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #62 on: 07/25/2016 07:01 pm »
Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc.
Jul 25, 2016
Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Completes Hot-Fire Tests on Engines Designed to Support New Era of Human Spaceflight for U.S.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), has successfully completed a series of hot-fire development tests on three Reaction Control System (RCS) engines for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner service module propulsion system. Each RCS engine was tested up to 4,000 pulses and 1,600 seconds - the longest accumulated time ever conducted on a lightweight thruster with a composite chamber. The tests were performed at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/2046eaef-20c9-4a8f-86b0-44763aad02c0

"The successful RCS engine tests demonstrated durability and long operational life capabilities meeting the Starliner requirements for composite thrust chambers, which are crucial to mission success and astronaut safety," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. "We look forward to qualifying the engines and continuing our nation's legacy of delivering humans into space."

Starliner is designed to open a new era of spaceflight, one that will carry humans to the International Space Station once again from American soil. The RCS engines are part of the spacecraft's service module propulsion system, and are designed to provide on-orbit maneuvering functions, as well as re-boost capabilities for the space station.

Under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract to Boeing, Aerojet Rocketdyne is completing the design, development, qualification, certification and initial production of the service module propulsion system. As part of that contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will provide shipsets of service module propulsion system production hardware. Each shipset will include Launch Abort Engines (LAEs), Orbital Maneuvering and Attitude Control (OMAC) engines and RCS engines. Boeing will assemble hardware kits into the service module section of the Starliner spacecraft at its Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aerojet Rocketdyne also provides propulsion hardware supporting the Starliner crew module and Atlas V launch vehicle. The Starliner is targeting the delivery of astronauts to the space station for NASA beginning in 2018.

The Starliner service module propulsion system provides launch abort capability on the pad and during ascent, along with all propulsion needs during a nominal flight—from launch vehicle separation, docking and undocking from the space station, and through separation of the crew and service modules when the spacecraft begins to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. During re-entry, the crew module propulsion is then provided by monopropellant thrusters built by Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket.com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.com.

Contact:

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Photo Caption: One of three Reaction Control System engines for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner recently completed hot-fire testing at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #63 on: 07/26/2016 02:12 pm »
The first hull of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner Structural Test Article rests in a work stand inside the company’s modernized Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility high bay at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The facility will serve as a hub for the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft operations, making it an integral element of the Starliner program to take astronauts to and from the International Space Station from American soil.

Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #64 on: 07/27/2016 12:40 am »
Some good news:

Quote from: Jeff Foust
McAlister: Boeing developing extended skirt to address high acoustic loads behind capsule; waiting for final wind tunnel test data.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/757952991945109505

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #65 on: 07/27/2016 02:48 am »
Boeing - CST-100 Starliner Update 07-26-2016

USLaunchReport

Published on Jul 26, 2016
Today we got a look at the Boeing Starliner, Commercial Crew Capsule. Progress report.



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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #66 on: 07/27/2016 03:03 pm »
Some good news:

Quote from: Jeff Foust
McAlister: Boeing developing extended skirt to address high acoustic loads behind capsule; waiting for final wind tunnel test data.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/757952991945109505

This is the risk of doing a meticulous plan of how are you going to certify instead of building a few things first. Interesting that NASA chose the two extremes in this. We will have to see if it makes any difference in practice. I will say that both will be delayed about the same.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #67 on: 07/27/2016 03:33 pm »
Some good news:

Quote from: Jeff Foust
McAlister: Boeing developing extended skirt to address high acoustic loads behind capsule; waiting for final wind tunnel test data.

https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/757952991945109505

This is the risk of doing a meticulous plan of how are you going to certify instead of building a few things first. Interesting that NASA chose the two extremes in this. We will have to see if it makes any difference in practice. I will say that both will be delayed about the same.

I understand this general criticism of the CST-100 program, but I don't feel it completely applies to this issue.

What should they have built sooner? They've had models in the wind tunnel for years.

I continue to wonder how this issue wasn't identified sooner.

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What should they have built sooner? They've had models in the wind tunnel for years.

I continue to wonder how this issue wasn't identified sooner.

I suspect the issue only came up when they had to add another SRB to the Atlas V. That's about when the skirt showed up in the CST-100 renders.
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #71 on: 08/11/2016 08:28 pm »
https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/763816127172599808
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.@BoeingDefense #Starliner Crew Access Arm that @Commercial_Crew astronauts will use is trucked past the #VAB.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #72 on: 08/11/2016 11:15 pm »
More pix on NASA KSC's Flickr page.  Attached one from Pad 41 close to where Saturday's media event will be.
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #73 on: 08/13/2016 04:22 am »
More pix on NASA KSC's Flickr page.  Attached one from Pad 41 close to where Saturday's media event will be.


Is this lift operation still on schedule for Saturday August 13th?

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #75 on: 08/15/2016 12:58 pm »
https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/765150982426750976
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This morning @ulalaunch and @BoeingDefense are lifting the #Starliner Crew Access Arm and White Room #LaunchAmerica

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #76 on: 08/15/2016 02:19 pm »
https://twitter.com/Astro_Ferg/status/765170109438623745
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The newest "Last Place on Earth" for astronauts finds a new home at Atlas launch complex 41

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #77 on: 08/15/2016 03:30 pm »
Past tense Tweet, with time-lapse video (also attached).

https://twitter.com/Commercial_Crew/status/765191671629873152
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The Crew Access Arm for @BoeingDefense #Starliner was placed this morning by @ulalaunch at SLC-41 to #LaunchAmerica.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #78 on: 08/15/2016 09:25 pm »
Here is a screen grab showing the arm installed on the crew access tower from a video shown at News 6, the URL is:
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/space-news/starliner-access-arm-installed-at-cape-canaveral

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #79 on: 08/15/2016 09:39 pm »
Image of the crew acess arm in the folded position
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http://www.nasa.gov/feature/crew-access-arm-installed-for-starliner-missions

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