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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #460 on: 11/16/2018 02:09 AM »
Inside the VALOR Room


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An elite group of United Launch Alliance specialists will serve as an ascent flight control team during launches of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft aboard Atlas V rockets.
Stationed in the Vehicle Ascent and Launch Operations Room (VALOR) at ULA’s Denver headquarters this dedicated team will monitor the health and performance of the Atlas V rocket during every Starliner capsule’s climb to space.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #461 on: 11/16/2018 08:30 AM »
Commercial Crew astronauts Chris Ferguson, Nicole Mann and Eric Boe recently toured spacecraft testing facilities in El Segundo and Huntington Beach, Calif. All three astronauts will fly on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner in an upcoming crew flight test to the International Space Station. Environmental qualification testing in El Segundo ensures the spacecraft can withstand the extreme environments of space. Structural testing in Huntington Beach confirms the spacecraft can withstand the pressures it will experience during flight.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #462 on: 11/16/2018 08:31 AM »
Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson takes a selfie during a recent tour of spacecraft testing facilities in southern California. Ferguson, along with NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Eric Boe, will fly on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner in an upcoming crew flight test to the International Space Station. During trips to El Segundo and Huntington Beach, the astronauts met with employees who conduct the structural and environmental testing on the spacecraft built to return human spaceflight launch capability to the U.S.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #463 on: 11/16/2018 08:32 AM »
NASA astronaut Eric Boe poses during a recent tour of two spacecraft testing facilities in southern California. Boe, along with Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson and NASA astronaut Nicole Mann, will fly on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner in an upcoming crew flight test to the International Space Station. During trips to El Segundo and Huntington Beach, the astronauts met with employees who conduct the structural and environmental testing on the spacecraft built to return human spaceflight launch capability to the U.S.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #464 on: 11/16/2018 08:32 AM »
Commercial Crew astronauts Chris Ferguson, Nicole Mann and Eric Boe recently toured spacecraft testing facilities in El Segundo and Huntington Beach, Calif. All three astronauts will fly on Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner in an upcoming crew flight test to the International Space Station. Environmental qualification testing in El Segundo ensures the spacecraft can withstand the extreme environments of space. Structural testing in Huntington Beach confirms the spacecraft can withstand the pressures it will experience during flight.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #465 on: 11/22/2018 02:06 AM »
Boeing’s First Flight-Worthy #Starliner: Meet the Team!


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Published on Nov 21, 2018

Boeing’s Commercial Crew team at Kennedy Space Center recently completed their first Starliner. This vehicle will take Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson and his two NASA crewmates - Eric Boe and Nicole Mann - to the International Space Station on its first crewed flight next year. First, this Starliner will go to Boeing’s satellite test facilities El Segundo, California that can simulate the space and launch environments it will face during its mission.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #466 on: 11/24/2018 12:14 AM »
He he he...  That is my weight and center of gravity machine in the video.  We installed it last summer. Looks like the first CM measurement went well.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #467 on: 11/27/2018 07:21 AM »
Is this the way the capsule wil actually look in space; with light grey TPS rather than all-white like in all artists' impressions up till now?

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #468 on: 11/27/2018 09:00 AM »
Is this the way the capsule wil actually look in space; with light grey TPS rather than all-white like in all artists' impressions up till now?

Let me put it this way: it wouldn't be the first time that a real spacecraft looks different from the artists' impressions. We've witnessed something similar with Crew Dragon where the TPS underneath the Super Dracos is now a metallic grey instead of black.

But I digress.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #469 on: 11/27/2018 09:13 AM »
It's happened before, pure white often ain't worth the weight in paint.
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #470 on: 11/28/2018 02:19 AM »
Is this the way the capsule wil actually look in space; with light grey TPS rather than all-white like in all artists' impressions up till now?
The Starliner backshell uses the successor to the STS orbiter TPS blankets and tiles (X-37B derivative blanket) with only tile (X-37B derivative tile) in areas of critical heating and engine/thruster pods.
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #471 on: 11/28/2018 06:24 AM »
Is this the way the capsule wil actually look in space; with light grey TPS rather than all-white like in all artists' impressions up till now?
The Starliner backshell uses the successor to the STS orbiter TPS blankets and tiles (X-37B derivative blanket) with only tile (X-37B derivative tile) in areas of critical heating and engine/thruster pods.

More specifically:
- Boeing Lightweight Ablator (BLA) as the primary heat shield. This is a silicone-based honeycomb ablator type.
- Boeing Replacement Insulator - 18 pounds per square foot (BRI-18) tiles in areas of critical heating and engine/thruster pods on the backshell. BRI-18 is proprietary but similar in composition to TUFI coated AETB-8 silica/alumina tiles. Just denser.
- Advanced Felt Reusable Surface Insulation (AFRSI) blankets on all other areas of the backshell. AFRSI consists of Silica felt core, covered in silica fabric and woven glass fabric.

It's these AFRSI blankets (both gray and white) that cover by far the most surface area of the CST-100 back shell.
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #472 on: 11/28/2018 10:18 AM »
Inside the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 11, 2018, the spacecraft destined to fly astronauts to the International Space Station in Boeing's Crew Flight Test (CFT) is prepared for transport to the company's testing facilities in El Segundo, California. The company's CST-100 Starliner will be undergoing a series of environmental tests designed to simulate what the spacecraft will experience during different stages of flight as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The agency's CCP will return human spaceflight launches to U.S. soil, providing safe, reliable and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit on systems that meet our safety and mission requirements.

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #473 on: 11/28/2018 10:20 AM »

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #474 on: 11/28/2018 10:20 AM »

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #476 on: 11/28/2018 12:56 PM »
This capsule also seems to be missing the isolated round side window. It is missing from this particular spacecraft only or has it been deleted from the design?

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #477 on: 11/28/2018 01:06 PM »
Amazing how long it has taken to get back to Apollo :(

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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #478 on: 11/28/2018 02:22 PM »
This capsule also seems to be missing the isolated round side window. It is missing from this particular spacecraft only or has it been deleted from the design?

It appears to have been closed off in this picture from the mating of the upper and lower pieces of the Spacecraft 2 pressure vessel.


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Re: Boeing's CST-100 - Master Updates and Discussion Thread 3
« Reply #479 on: 11/28/2018 04:25 PM »
Neat to see a spacecraft taking form!  :)

What TPS material is used in the CST-100?

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