Jul 29 2015

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CST-100 making progress

CST-100 Spacecraft Development Moves Forward in Former Shuttle Hangar.

One of two pressurized domes for the “shell” of the Structural Test Article (STA) of Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft undergoes checkout.

The STA will be employed “to determine the effectiveness of the design and prove its escape system during a pad abort test,” it was explained. “The ability to abort from an emergency and safely carry crew members out of harm’s way is a critical element for NASA’s next generation of crew spacecraft.” In recent weeks, the main structure of the STA was friction-stir-welded into a single upper and lower hull, then machined to its final thickness. Throughout the second half of 2015, it will be outfitted with critical components and systems for an expansive testing program.

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