Boeing Submits Proposal NASA Commercial Crew Development Program
December 19, 2010 - Boeing has submitted its proposal
for the second round of NASA’s Commercial Crew
Development (CCDev) program. Boeing plans to advance the
design of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100
spacecraft and Commercial Crew Transportation System and
continue to demonstrate key technologies.
NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program is applying
Recovery Act funds to stimulate efforts within the
private sector to develop and demonstrate human
These efforts are intended to foster entrepreneurial activity leading to job growth in engineering, analysis, design, and research, and to economic growth as capabilities for new markets are created.
By developing commercial crew service providers, NASA may be
able to reduce the gap in
This activity is referred to as Commercial Crew Development, or
CCDev. An Announcement soliciting proposals for Space Act
Agreements (SAAs) is currently planned to be released on or
about August 10, 2009, with proposals due approximately 45 days
"In the same way that Boeing helped launch commercial aviation
more than 80 years ago, we are working to develop what could
become a true commercial space transportation system: a
commercial service to take people to the International Space
Station and other Low Earth Orbit destinations," said Brewster
Shaw, Boeing Space Exploration vice president and general
manager. "We plan to further mature our design and continue the
development process toward our first crewed flight in 2015."
Boeing is proposing an approach that will significantly mature the CST-100 design through demonstrations of critical subsystems. The CST-100 spacecraft is designed to support NASA's primary objective of affordable access to Low Earth Orbit.
It will carry up to seven crew and passengers, is reusable up to 10
times, and is compatible with a variety of expendable launch vehicles.
The spacecraft which is comprised of a Crew Module and a Service Module
draws on Apollo-proven aerodynamic characteristics in a design that uses
commercial, off-the-shelf, cost-effective technologies.
Boeing will build on its efforts performed under the first round of the
CCDev program, which greatly reduced program risk. In October, Boeing
completed a Systems Definition Review with NASA that defined the CST-100
spacecraft’s system characteristics and configuration and established a
baseline design. Other major accomplishments of the first round include:
- Design, build and test of a pressurized structure of the crew module
- Creation of a mock-up of the spacecraft to ensure the crew can enter and exit the vehicle safely, reach control switches and easily see through windows
- Demonstration of manufacturability of the base heat shield structure and thermal protection system to protect the crew during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere
- Development of an avionics systems integration facility to support rapid prototyping and full-scale development
- Development of a rendezvous sensor and associated guidance and navigation software that allows the vehicle to autonomously approach and dock with the International Space Station and the planned Bigelow Orbital Space Complex
- Demonstration of airbag land landing, water landing, post-water
landing uprighting and life-support systems.
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