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Old 04-16-2015, 03:24 PM   #91
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I was using the term "student" kind of loosely here. Even though the NASA astronaut is fully qualified and gone through the proper CST-100 training, they still has to take their "checkride". Kind of like an airplane pilot getting a type rating.

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Old 04-16-2015, 07:13 PM   #92
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Russians use whenever its possible a Veteran Cosmonaut / Rookie Cosmonaut combination. I guess it will work in a quite similar way, makes sense.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:24 PM   #93
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Spaceflight Now: Boeing nears fix for CST-100 Starliner design hitch
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:29 PM   #94
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Boeing Starts Assembly of 1st Flightworthy Starliner Crew Taxi Vehicle at Kennedy Spaceport

http://www.universetoday.com/129356/...dy-spaceport/#

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Components for the first Starliner that will actually fly in space – known as Spacecraft 1 – began arriving recently at the C3PF. These include the upper and lower domes, as well as the docking hatch for the spacecrafts pressure vessel.








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Old 08-07-2016, 04:08 PM   #95
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With the Boeing CST-100 slowly becoming reality, I wonder if there is an addon of this vehicle? On Orbithangar I found a dated project in work, with a 3ds max file only.
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:53 PM   #97
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 With the Boeing CST-100 slowly becoming reality, I wonder if there is an addon of this vehicle? On Orbithangar I found a dated project in work, with a 3ds max file only.
I think OF member Kyle was working on one,and N_Molson was working on an atlas 5 rocket to take it up.

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Old 10-12-2016, 09:16 AM   #98
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Ars Technica: Boeing delays Starliner again, casting doubt on commercial flights in 2018
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:16 AM   #99
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Arstechnica.com: Boeing delays Starliner again, casting doubt on commercial flights in 2018

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After an initial delay from late 2017 into early 2018, Boeing has acknowledged a second slippage of its schedule for the first commercial crew flights of its Starliner spacecraft. According to a report in Aviation Week, the company now says it will not be ready to begin operational flights until December 2018, a full year after NASA had originally hoped its commercial crew providers would be ready.
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Old 10-13-2016, 01:55 PM   #100
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Official ULA Press Statement: http://www.ulalaunch.com/ula-and-boe...er-config.aspx



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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. (Oct. 13, 2016) – United Launch Alliance (ULA) and The Boeing Company today unveiled an updated aerodynamic configuration of the Atlas V that will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule for NASA after encountering unique challenges with aerodynamic stability and loads.

This new configuration incorporates an aeroskirt aft of the spacecraft, extending the Starliner Service Module cylindrical surface to improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the integrated launch configuration and bring loads margins back to acceptable flight levels.
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The aeroskirt is a metallic orthogrid structure designed to be jettisoned for improved performance. In the unlikely event that an emergency occurs during boost phase of flight, the aeroskirt has venting provisions to control over-pressurization if the Starliner’s abort engines are fired. Fabrication of the aeroskirt is scheduled to begin this month at ULA’s factory in Decatur, Alabama, following completion of a Production Readiness Review.
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Old 01-26-2017, 12:47 AM   #101
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Announcement New Spacesuit Unveiled for Starliner Astronauts

Official NASA Press Statement: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-spa...ner-astronauts





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Astronauts heading into orbit aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will wear lighter and more comfortable spacesuits than earlier suits astronauts wore. The suit capitalizes on historical designs, meets NASA requirements for safety and functionality, and introduces cutting-edge innovations. Boeing unveiled its spacesuit design Wednesday as the company continues to move toward flight tests of its Starliner spacecraft and launch systems that will fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

A few of the advances in the design:
  • Lighter and more flexible through use of advanced materials and new joint patterns
  • Helmet and visor incorporated into the suit instead of detachable
  • Touchscreen-sensitive gloves
  • Vents that allow astronauts to be cooler, but can still pressurize the suit immediately

The full suit, which includes an integrated shoe, weighs about 20 pounds with all its accessories – about 10 pounds lighter than the launch-and-entry suits worn by space shuttle astronauts.

The new Starliner suit's material lets water vapor pass out of the suit, away from the astronaut, but keeps air inside. That makes the suit cooler without sacrificing safety. Materials in the elbows and knees give astronauts more movement, too, while strategically located zippers allow them to adapt the suit's shape when standing or seated.


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Astronaut Eric Boe evaluates Boeing Starliner spacesuit in mockup of spacecraft cockpit. Credits: Boeing


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A suit technician fits the communications carrier on an astronaut stand-in before pressurizing the spacesuit inside Crew Quarters at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credits: NASA/Cory Huston


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Astronaut Sunni Williams puts on the communications carrier of Boeing's new Starliner spacesuit. Credits: Boeing
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Old 01-26-2017, 06:05 PM   #102
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I've always loved the orange ACES suits, and my mind has been sort of opposed to new, sci-fi looking spacesuits, like the one in the SpaceX Dragon commercial, but these things look real and safe. Awesome. Reminds me of ACES and Sokol hybrid?

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Old 01-05-2018, 11:57 AM   #103
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ULA Completes Key Milestone for Launch of Boeing’s Starliner and Return of U.S.-based Human Spaceflight



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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Jan. 4, 2018 – United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed an Atlas V Launch Segment Design Certification Review (DCR) recently in preparation for the launch of astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil in The Boeing Company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. ULA’s Atlas V DCR supported the Boeing International Space Station (ISS) DCR that was held with NASA at Kennedy Space Center in early December.

“Design Certification Review is a significant milestone that completes the design phase of the program, paving the way to operations,” said Barb Egan, ULA Commercial Crew program manager. “Hardware and software final qualification tests are underway, as well as a major integrated test series, including structural loads. Future tests will involve launch vehicle hardware, such as jettison tests, acoustic tests, and, finally, a pad abort test in White Sands, New Mexico.”


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Launch vehicle production is currently on track for an uncrewed August 2018 Orbital Flight Test (OFT). The OFT booster for the uncrewed flight is in final assembly at the factory in Decatur, Ala., and the OFT Centaur upper stage has completed pressure testing. Other hardware such as the launch vehicle adapter and aeroskirt production are on schedule to support test articles and flight.


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The Atlas V booster that will launch the uncrewed Orbital Flight test with Boeing’s Starliner in August 2018 is now in final assembly, and the Centaur has completed pressure testing. Credits: ULA Facebook Page


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“ULA is progressing into the operational phase to launch the OFT and Crew Flight Test in 2018, and we are pleased with the progress we’re making toward a successful launch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on the Atlas V,” said Gary Wentz, ULA Human and Commercial Systems vice president. “We cannot overstate the importance of all the steps that go into this process as there is more than just a mission or hardware at stake, but the lives of our brave astronauts.”
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Old 01-09-2018, 10:24 PM   #104
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is any one working on this for orbiter ?
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:15 AM   #105
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So they're really serious about a man-rated Atlas V after all, huh.

I was under the impression that the Atlas program's days were numbered due to reliance on Russian engines prompting the development of Vulcan as a successor.

If so, it would be interesting; the Atlas program is about 6 decades old at this point and featured a man-rated launcher in the early days as well as the latest.
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